WhatsApp has been testing a batch of exciting new features for a while now, and the latest one to roll out to the masses will make it much easier to spot hoaxes and misinformation.
The ease and speed with which messages can be shared with large numbers of people on WhatsApp has seen the platform become a breeding ground for viral fake news. Now a new feature makes it possible to quickly perform a web search for a message or image that you’ve received so you can do a quick fact check.
The idea is a fairly simple one, and it joins a growing number of tools WhatsApp has been rolling out to try to stem the flow of fake news in chats. The Facebook-owned messaging tool already places a limit on the number of people a message can be forwarded to at one time in a bid to stop misinformation being disseminated to large numbers of people at once.