But is it enough?
In the past few months, Facebook and all its subsidiaries including Instagram and WhatsApp have faced scrutiny on how it handles consumer privacy. With the rapid spread of misinformation in the form of fake news, it is finding ways on how to help avoid and hopefully stop its spread.
One of the new tools WhatsApp is introducing is a new label that will be placed on frequently forwarded messages. This was discovered on the beta version of the Android app and it labels messages that have been forwarded multiple times. WhatsApp will even show the number of times it has been forwarded so you can decide if that message is genuine or not. While it can’t guarantee the spread of fake news, it can at least give you a warning and hopefully will make you think twice before spreading that message to your contacts.
Since the feature is in beta at the moment, there is no word as to when it will appear on a final version.
But the main question remains – is it enough to stop fake news?
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