Popular social messaging app WhatsApp constantly keeps updating its app to provide its users with a smooth messaging experience. After finally launching the year-long awaited dark mode feature for both its Android and iOS users, the Facebook-owned messaging app is now in talks to soon roll out an advanced search messages option, which will let users search messages on the web directly from the app, to ascertain their authenticity, and essentially call out fake messages.
This feature has been under development for a while, and it is expected to roll out sometime in the future. Given the recent coronavirus pandemic and the barrage of messages flooding WhatsApp, this feature will help filter the misinformation, and help highlight credible messages. The feature isn’t available yet, so even if users are on the latest beta, they may not be able to use it.
According to WABetaInfo, the online portal dedicated entirely to the coverage of the Facebook-owned messaging platform, the chat app has been testing advanced search features for long now where users can search for ‘Frequently Forwarded Messages’ on the web from the chat. This can be shown as WhatsApp labels messages that have been frequently forwarded on top of the text, as seen on the screenshot shared by the blog. This feature, therefore, let you know that the message may not be genuine since it has been forwarded multiple times.
WhatsApp confirmed the existence of this feature. “We are working on new features to help empower users to find out more information about the messages they receive that have been forwarded many times. This feature is currently in testing, and we look forward to rolling it out in the near future,” a spokesperson told TechCrunch.
To further its efforts to curb fake news, WhatsApp recently introduced a dedicated WHO bot to provide latest updates, alerts, and mythbusters on coronavirus. The bot on WhatsApp can be used to access the latest number of reported cases, travel advice, and news related to the outbreak.