WhatsApp to get a new fact-check feature

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WhatsApp has started rolling out a new feature called Search The Web, that will prompt and allow users to fact-check content contained in forwarded message chains.

A new icon – a magnifying glass, will now appear next to any messages that have been forwarded to five people or more. When the icon is clicked, users will be redirected to the web to search for news results that offer more information on the topic.

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03 August 2020WhatsApp

WhatsApp provides a special forwarded label to messages shared in chats that have been forwarded many times. These two arrows help people know when they’ve received a message that was not written by a close contact. Earlier this year, we set limits on how many times they can be sent at once to maintain the private nature of the app.

Today, we’re piloting a simple way to double-check these messages by tapping a magnifying glass button in the chat. Providing a simple way to search messages that have been forwarded many times may help people find news results or other sources of information about the content they have received.

This feature works by allowing users to upload the message via their browser without WhatsApp ever seeing the message itself.

Search the web is being rolled out in Brazil, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Spain, UK, and the US for those on the latest versions of WhatsApp for Android, iOS and WhatsApp Web.

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