Published: Tue, July 10, 2018

Whatsapp's Ad on Tips to Battle Fake News

Whatsapp's Ad on Tips to Battle Fake News

If WhatsApp detects anything suspicious, the message will be marked with a red label in order to indicate danger.

A rash of deadly lynchings in India has a popular messaging app taking aim at fake news.

According to WABetaInfo, WhatsApp has begun testing the new feature as part of beta version 2.18.204 for Android.

A stern statement issued by the electronics and IT ministry late on Tuesday expressed the government's "deep disapproval" to the senior management of WhatsApp over the "irresponsible and explosive messages". Will this feature be able to fight against malicious links? The red label will hint that either it is phishing or spam link or is redirecting to a false news site.

The user can still decide to open the link but the app then alerts the person once again to make sure they still want to proceed to the link address. "This will help reduce the spread of unwanted messages into important group conversations - as well as the forwarding of hoaxes and other content", said the company.


WAInfoBeta has stressed on the fact that no packet of information shall be sent to any external servers, and the suspicious link activity test shall be performed locally.

Last week, we had reported that Whatsapp is offering upto $50,000 grant to social scientists inorder to discover ways to stop the madness of fake news. IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad asked WhatsApp to take measures to control the spread of fake news via its platform.

Five people were lynched to death by villagers in Maharashtra's Dhule district after videos of child lifters were actively circulated on a WhatsApp group. WhatsApp responded by adding a Forwarded Label to messages which are being recirculated.

WhatsApp is still working on adding new features to Suspicious Link Detection. In the full-page advertisement, it has urged users to check information before sharing it and cautioned them about the spread of fake news.

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