At the beginning of 2020, Whatsapp set a limit for the forward message feature to five users in its earlier version. Whatsapp users can no longer forward messages to more than five users at the same time. The Facebook-owned messaging platform Whatsapp has now introduced a new feature named ‘search the web’ feature to further identify fake forwarded messages.
The new Whatsapp feature is providing an easy and convenient way to predict the reality of forwarded messages that have been forwarded many times that may help people find news results or other sources of information about the content they have received from others. This feature works by permitting users to transfer the message via their browser without Whatsapp ever observing the message itself.
Users will just need to double-check these forwarded messages by tapping a magnifying glass button in the chat. By clicking on the magnifying glass, Whatsapp users will be taken to the Google web search and show results of the reality of the message.
The new update consists of a special forwarded label to message forwarded in chats. This label will help people know when they have received a message that is forwarded many times.
This Whatsapp feature is being introduced in Brazil, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Spain, UK, and the US for the latest version of Whatsapp for different OS such as Android, iOS, and Whatsapp Web. Soon this feature will launch in India. Again Whatsapp has shown that the reality of the facts which are spread through this platform is very important. Whatsapp has again alerted users to first verify messages before forwarding them to the group or in other chats.
At the beginning of the year, the Facebook-owned messaging platform partnered with several state governments to provide users with accurate information related to Covid-19.