In many countries WhatsApp has become one of the most widely used platforms for spreading Fake News, which in many situations has already resulted in serious problems. For this reason, over the last few months we have seen several new features implemented to try to combat such situations.
According to the well-known website WABetaInfo, the most popular messaging platform is about to implement new features to combat Fake News. In the new beta update, both new features related to message forwarding have already been activated.
The most prominent feature will give users the option to block the posting of messages that are often rerouted in groups. The big goal is to help prevent the spread of fake news. However, as in previous implementations, the last action always depends on users.
WhatsApp continues to row against the tide in fighting Fake News
The new feature will only be implemented in groups, and only administrators will be able to select whether or not to enable it. Once enabled, no user will be able to share forwarded messages frequently. However, just as WABetaInfo stressed, users will always be able to copy the content of messages and publish without any problem.
Still, surely this extra step will help slow down this 'virus' that is the Fake News. They are currently just testing WhatsApp for Android. Certainly once it becomes available to all users, it will eventually come to its iOS version as well.
In addition to this new implementation, you will soon be able to take advantage of a new interface when sharing audio files. Soon you will be able to hear files before they are shared, and you can also select many more files to upload at one time.
In contrast to the first feature that is being tested, news of audio file selection seems to have started to be available globally. Still, since it is phased in, it may take a few days before it reaches all users.
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