WhatsApp has introduced a new search web feature that will allow users to check, with just one tap, the authenticity of a forwarded message and if it has been debunked on the Internet. In the wake of the coronavirus epidemic, the proliferation of fake news is on the rise, and this new feature from the Facebook-owned company will help monitor misinformation. The web search is initially being launched in select countries, and has not yet been launched in India.
Through the Search Web feature on WhatsApp, you can tap on the magnifying glass icon next to a message that has been forwarded multiple times. By tapping on it, you will be redirected to your default browser, where the message will be uploaded. This will allow you to check the authenticity of the message through web results, which may include articles that have considered the message to be fake.
WhatsApp announced the feature via a blog post, stating, “Providing a simpler way to search for messages sent forward multiple times helps people search for news results or other sources of information about the content they receive Can help. ”