WhatsApp wants to label viral forwards to rein in fake news – but it’ll have to do more


WhatsApp seems to be testing another weapon in its arsenal to battle fake news – a label for messages forwarded five times or more. Last week, WABetaInfo reported that in a new beta version of its Android app, WhatsApp added counts for how many times a message has been forwarded, as well as a ‘frequently forwarded’ label. On its own, this feature will alert users about viral messages; the idea, presumably, is to encourage them to question the veracity of the contents of such messages doing the rounds on the platform. But on the flip side, the new label might encourage…

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