WhatsApp’s full-page newspaper ads offer tips to spot fake news

10 Juillet, 2018, 12:35 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • WhatsApp’s full-page newspaper ads offer tips to spot fake news

According to WABetaInfo, the Suspicious Link Detection feature is now in its testing stage.

The app will then highlight the link in red if it deems it to be a potential threat. The link will come with a warning that reads, "This link contains usual characters".

The app will notify about the suspicious link with a "red label" indicating that the link is suspicious.

Note here, that Whatsapp hasn't yet officially confirmed this news.

The new feature has been spotted by some users as working in WhatsApp, already. According to WABetaInfo, the app is now receiving suspicious link detection functionality. This will protect users from phishing sites which might try and steal your personal data, such as your logins and passwords. This will give users much more power to know whether the link is good or spam for them. We can anticipate WhatsApp to launch this function shortly. WhatsApp is taking these measures to curb distribution of fake website links.

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WhatsApp has a pretty extensive list of features, but the Facebook-owned company is always adding more. This time, the platform has received the ability to automatically hide shared media from appearing in your phone gallery. The ...

WhatsApp has not issued a statement about when this feature will be available or if it will be limited to certain regions. In the full-page advertisement, it has urged users to check information before sharing it and cautioned them about the spread of fake news.

Earlier this month, Facebook Inc, Whatsapp's parent firm, in a letter to the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology said that putting a break on the spread of false messages through its platform is a challenge that requires a partnership between the company, government and society. The company has also teamed up with an Indian fact-checking group to fight hoax news stories.

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