WhatsApp will now alert people when messages are resent, in an attempt to stop the deadly hoaxes that spread through the application.
The decision comes after a series of deadly attacks in India that appear to have been triggered by fake rumors that were shared on WhatsApp.
The company hopes that including messages should give people additional context and understand where messages come from. That in turn could prevent such horrible events from happening again.
Until the last update, the messages that were sent and those that the person wrote. You are speaking with exactly the same appearance. That meant they seemed trustworthy when in fact they could have been the result of a long chain of forwarded messages, and were sent by unreliable people.
As of now, any forwarded message will include a small note in the corner, in italics, saying it was forwarded. It does not say to whom the message was sent, and it requires the latest version of WhatsApp to work.
But the site continues to warn users not to send messages and asks people to do so with care. "We encourage you to think before sharing the messages that were forwarded," WhatsApp wrote in a blog post about the update.
And it says that people should report any spam or problem messages they receive to ensure that their spread can be stopped. 19659002] In addition to helping to combat false reports, the function should facilitate the follow-up of conversations, the company said.
"This additional context will help make one-to-one and group chats easier to follow," WhatsApp wrote. . "It also helps you determine if your friend or relative wrote the message they sent you or if it originally comes from someone else.To see this new tag forwarded, you must have the latest compatible version of WhatsApp on your phone"
The Indian government has been asking WhatsApp to act to stop the spread of fake messages after the horrendous murders. But the options available for the application are relatively limited because they ensure that messages are encrypted end-to-end, which means that the company can not see what people are sending or stop sharing certain messages.