WhatsApp Testing New Label To Stop Rumours

| July 4 , 2018 , 16:02 IST

In wake of horrifying lynching acts across the country leading to the killing of tens of people, Government of India has asked WhatsApp on Tuesday to take immediate actions to provide remedial measures to prevent the proliferation of fake messages and at times motivated and sensational messages on its platform.

WhatsApp which has over 200 million monthly active users in India reacting to the concerns of government has said, “Like the government of India, we’re also horrified by these terrible acts of violence and wanted it to respond quickly.”

In response to IT Ministry, WhatsApp in its statement has explained its upcoming strategies to fight against the issue.

As per WhatsApp, it is testing a new feature that could enable users to differentiate between a forwarded message and a message originally composed by the sender of the message.

“We have been testing a new label in India that highlights when a message has been forwarded versus composed by the sender. This could serve as an important signal for recipients to think twice before forwarding messages because it lets a user know if the content they received was written by the person they know or a potential rumour from someone else. We plan to launch this feature soon,” the statement said.

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"We are also working with leading academic experts in India to learn more about the spread of misinformation and to educate people about how to stay safe online," WhatsApp added.

Previously, WhatsApp has added end-to-end encrypted to protect users privacy and security and has said in its letter to the government that we have the ability to stop the misinformation but, “We believe this is a challenge that requires government, civil society, and technology companies to work together.”

(With inputs from IANS)