WhatsApp launches media blitz to dispel India's fake news woes

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As per WABetaInfo, the app will now have suspicious link detection functionality.

The company's reply came after the respective ministry issued a warning to WhatsApp in the wake of killings taking place across the country due to rumours that circulate via the platform.

If a suspicious link is detected, it will be shown with a red label, and if you try and open the link, you'll be shown a pop-up window warning you again.

Election related information is a core area that WhatsApp is looking at, along with questions on processing problematic events, virality, and digital literacy. The name itself tells it explicitly that the feature will help users to detect sent and received suspicious links to any web page which WhatsApp determines to be malicious. However, the user is free to visit the page if they wish to. The report highlights that WhatsApp will analyse the link locally and not data will be sent to WhatsApp servers in order to detect the suspicious link. We can anticipate WhatsApp to launch this function shortly. This time, the platform has received the ability to automatically hide shared media from appearing in your phone gallery. The ... The feature will surely help users to avoid spam links that are forwarded every day in groups and to normal chats in plain sight. The Facebook-owned firm coming under fire for its handling of hoax messages that have been cited as the reason for several people being killed by mobs in India. WhatsApp responded to the Government by stating that it is horrified by the bad acts of violence perpetrated by people influenced by false messages shared on the platform. After witnessing these tragic incidents in India, which is also the second largest market of the Whatsapp users, the Indian government also criticized the company for its role in spreading the false information.

Right now, messages sent on WhatsApp don't have any kind of labels on them.