WhatsApp, one of the world’s most popular messaging apps, continues to fight hoaxes and Fake News that are sent and forwarded to a large number of users. In many occasions these messages bring disinformation to the reader or can even be malicious. Facebook, the company belonging to WhatsApp, has already tried different features to avoid hoaxes. Now, a new function that allows us to know if that forwarded news is real or is not reaching all users of the app. That’s how it works.
The truth is that this new feature to know if a hoax has been forwarded to us is quite practical and simple. It is a button that allows us to search the internet if that message is real or not. The purpose of this function is to facilitate the search for that forwarded message or news. The magnifying glass button will appear on the side of the message. When you press, WhatsApp will open the Google search engine with the headline of the news or a text that refers to the message. Results will appear in Google that will reveal if that message is a hoax or is a real news.
Many portals are dedicated to checking if that message or news is real or is it a fake. Thus, The first search results will already show us if that news or message is a hoax.
Now available to everyone
For the moment, this option is reaching all WhatsApp users in different countries, including Spain. You just have to update the app to the latest version and wait for WhatsApp to activate the function. It could take a few days, so don’t worry if it still doesn’t show up. The icon will only appear in messages that have the forwarded alert. This badge is another of the measures that WhatsApp implemented to fight hoaxes, since in this way the user who receives the message can know if the sender has written it or simply ‘copied and pasted’ or shared it from another chat.
Another of the measures implemented by WhatsApp is that of limit the number of users to whom we can forward that message. Personally, it seems to me that the new function of searching the hoax through the internet is the most practical. The user only has to press the magnifying glass button to check it and click on any of the results to know the veracity of the message.
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