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WhatsApp to combat fake news by ‘forwarded’ labeling on messages

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In order to combat spread of fake news, which caused massive mass lynching in India, Facebook-owned social messaging app, WhatsApp has now finally introduced a new forwarded labeling option on the messages received by a user.

It will now help users to understand, which messages have been forwarded. A company spokesperson stated that this new option will be available as additional context to help people understand whether their close associates have written the message or it has been forwarded from someone else.

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To utilize this new WhatsApp feature, users need to grab the latest supported version on their devices, both Android and iOS. It is also helping its customers to have a clear idea before forwarding a particular message.

The company said in a statement, “As a reminder, you can report spam or block a contact in one tap and can always reach out to WhatsApp directly for help.” Most importantly, the company has announced Research Awards for Social Science and Misinformation as an effort to prevent spread of fake news on its podium.

Also read: WhatsApp to unleash new feature to help users distinguish fake and original news

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