How to know if a WhatsApp message is fake news

WhatsApp continues to increase its efforts to prevent fake news from going viral on the platform.

In recent months, he added options to limit automatic forwarding and alert users when their contacts are not the original source of the message. And now it implements an option that will help responsible users to verify the information they forward before sharing it.

New WhatsApp function to verify messages

When a user receives a forwarded message see that a new option is added: a small magnifying glass icon to search the internet. If you select it, you will see a message of the style. Would you like to look for this on the internet? And if you want to do that, you just have to choose Search the internet.

That way, the user can see if the message came from a reliable source or if it is part of a fake news. A practical option to easily detect all the hoaxes related to the coronavirus, and not fall into the trap of sharing them.

One detail to keep in mind is that for this process to work, the user authorizes the message to be uploaded to Google to start the search. However, this applies to the forwarded message, and does not affect the security of the WhatsApp account. It is a very simple way to verify what reaches our chats, and to be responsible with the messages that we forward to our contacts.

So when someone shares dubious information, use this new WhatsApp tool, it only takes a few seconds and you don’t even have to leave the chat. At the moment, this new function is expanding in Spain, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy and Mexico. To have it enabled in our account, it is only necessary to update to the latest version of WhatsApp for iOS and Android.

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