WhatsApp may soon implement a new tool to prevent fake news from spreading

WhatsApp may soon implement a new tool to prevent fake news from spreading
It appears that WhatsApp is trying to take the necessary steps to stop fake news from spreading on its platform, as well as making it as free-spam as possible.

Reports about a new notification system that warns WhatsApp users they are at risk forwarding spam messages have just popped up online from various sources. Whenever the system detects that a message “has been forwarded many times,” it will start warning WhatsApp users that the message could be spam.

Unfortunately, the issue of fake news has become the norm these days and WhatsApp isn't yet a platform not to be affected by this issue. Spread through spam messages on WhatsApp platform, fake news have become a real problem in the last few years.

In order to limit the spreading of fake news, WhatsApp is now testing a new feature that will warn a user who's forwarding a message that the message might be spam. The warning will only appear if the message was forwarded more than 25 times.


If you absolutely need to send a single message to more than 25 contacts, WhatsApp has a feature called Broadcast List, which allows you to send a message to multiple people, but only to those who have your phone number in their contact lists.

The new feature is currently being tested on the iOS version of WhatsApp, but it's yet unclear how the company will be able to stop these spam messages from spreading among consumers.

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9 Comments

1. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1270; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

I wonder this news may also be fake...

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

About time, Facebook. Read this news a while back on BBC. Very saddening:http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-40657074 In illiterate, conservative and highly religious societies; most people tend to believe in everything they see on the internet. Especially if the contents of the linked media goes in favor of their political perspectives and religious beliefs. I don't want to go into much details; but suffice to say that people have lost their lives over the misuse of What'sApp by abusing and taking advantage of its end-to-end encryption. It's indeed a deeply troubling matter and about time it's been officially addressed by Facebook. Be smart and stay vigilant. Fake News is closer to you than you might think. Good Day.

3. miketer

Posts: 527; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

I think once this feature is activated, most of us will not get any messages for months to come :)

4. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Facebook is going to decide for users what fake news is....this isn’t news.

6. Rager722 unregistered

Trump's favorite messaging app..

7. Rager722 unregistered

Trump's favorite messaging app..

8. Fiat_Punto

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

Biggest fake news and rumor mill platform decides what is fake or not Its a sad part of human evolution to technology, we will limited to real news or techno platform decides what is right and what is wrong? More like moral policing

9. LumiaLover

Posts: 237; Member since: Sep 27, 2012

and who are they to determine what is fake? Oh, let me see...as determined by Google and Facebook....and their overlords!!

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