WhatsApp has launched a new tool called “Search Network” that allows users to quickly find information from the web. In one example, WhatsApp showed a link sent by someone claiming that drinking boiled garlic water could treat COVID-19. Recipients can now press the Magnify inglise button to search for information about the link. In this example, the user will see the results of the network from the fact-checking site, proving that statement to be false.
The new feature is part of a broader push by WhatsApp to curb the spread of fake news on its platform. In a previous update, WhatsApp added double arrows to let users know that messages are not coming from intimate contacts — which let users know that they are continuing a chain message that may be fake.
In 2018, Facebook will introduce a feature that limits the number of times a message can be forwarded to someone else. After a six-month evaluation period, the company decided to restrict message forwarding so that messages could only be sent to five chat objects at the same time. In its review, it indicated that the measure had reduced the amount of information forwarded by 25 per cent.
As the new crown pandemic continues, it is important to empower users to quickly validate information. Some false theories have spread widely, including the mistaken belief that 5G contributes to the spread of the new coronavirus, which has led to arson attacks.