Whatsapp, in a fight against fake news, has added a ‘forward message indicator’ to make it clear when a user has received a forwarded message.
The instant messaging platform will notify users when a message has been forwarded, rather than composed by the sender.
The latest version of WhatsApp includes the feature, which marks forwarded messages in italicized text above the content of a message.
The Facebook-owned application has is regularly used in the spread of viral misinformation.
“Starting today, WhatsApp will indicate which messages you receive have been forwarded to you,” WhatsApp said in a blog post on Wednesday.
“This extra context will help make one-on-one and group chats easier to follow. It also helps you determine if your friend or relative wrote the message they sent or if it originally came from someone else.
“To see this new forwarded label, you need to have the latest supported version of WhatsApp on your phone.
“WhatsApp cares deeply about your safety. We encourage you to think before sharing messages that were forwarded.”
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