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WhatsApp takes on fake news, rolls out 'Frequently Forwarded' feature in India

The frequently forwarded label is now available on the platform for both Android and iOS users.

August 01, 2019 / 02:07 PM IST
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WhatsApp has rolled out in India its ‘Frequently Forwarded’ feature, which tells users if a message has been forwarded multiple times. The feature targets to limit the spread of fake news on the platform. The new feature marks messages that are sent multiple times as “forwarded many times.”

The frequently forwarded label is available for both Android and iOS users. While there is no clarity on whether it will be available to all users, it is expected that it would be just a matter of time before it is made available to all Indian users.

You can check if the feature is active by sending a forwarded message to another user. If the message has been forwarded multiple times previously, WhatsApp will alert you with the “forwarded many times” label. However the exact number of times that it has been forwarded would remain encrypted and not available to end-users.

According to the messaging platform, the label gets activated once a message has been forwarded five times. And once alerted, the user can then decide whether s/he wants to send the message or quit.