WhatsApp Suspicion Link Detection – Fighting Against Fake News

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WhatsApp is leaving no stone unturned to make the chatting app more engaging and user-friendly. Latest buzz hints that the company is testing a feature that can separate the suspicious link from the genuine ones. The new WhatsApp Suspicion Link Detection feature would help users identify the genuine and fraud links.

As reported by WABetaInfo, the chatting app is testing the new feature in its Beta version of Google Play. However, the company hasn’t yet released when the feature will be available to mass users.

Every link shared through WhatsApp will get a background check for the genuineness of information. In case, the information turns out to be hazy, the ‘Suspicious Link’ flag will pop up against the link. And, if the user ignores the first warning and proceeds with the link, WhatsApp delivers another pop-up confirmation-cum-alert message. With that, the user can either click ‘Open link’ option or choose the ‘Go back’ option.

A few days ago, Indian Government warned social media and messaging apps to prevent the spread of fake news. Lately, rumour mongers have deployed the chat apps as a bait to stir hate and suspicion among different communities.

Soon, WhatsApp clarified its stance against fake messages & spam stating that they are already working with local experts. With a user base of over 200 million in India, WhatsApp is testing the Whatsapp Suspicious Link Detection feature. This step ensures that Government agencies won’t nab the app for way too liberal policies and features.

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