WhatsApp may soon ban 'frequently forwarded' messages

With this move, the company aims to filter out spam and hoax messages


Tech Desk April 10, 2019
A man poses with a smartphone in front of displayed Whatsapp logo in this illustration. PHOTO: REUTERS

After having worked on fighting the spread of fake news on social media, Facebook-owned messaging giant WhatsApp is looking to make an addition by barring frequently forwarded messages in a group chat.

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According to WaBetaInfo, the feature will only be available to group admins and will work in a group chat. Previously, ‘frequently forwarded’ tag had started appearing for messages which were forwarded more than four times.

With this move, the company aims to filter out spam and hoax messages. While there is no stopping users from copying messages and creating new ones to forward out of them but that does somehow make it much tougher to do. Reportedly, the company is also working on an integrated reverse image search which will quickly and efficiently verify images received.

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The feature is still in beta testing and no official confirmation has been received of its rollout.

This story originally appeared on Android Authority.

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