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WhatsApp tests feature highlighting frequently forwarded messages


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WhatsApp is experimenting with more tools to help it fight the spread of fake news. 

A new beta for Android labels messages you send as “frequently forwarded” if they’ve been shared five or more times. You can even see the exact forwarding count by diving into the Message Info section.

For now, it’s limited to messages you send rather than the ones you receive, but it could give you second thoughts about sharing a sensationalist piece more than once.

Related: WhatsApp’s new image search could help you weed out fake pictures

It’s not certain if or when this will reach the standard WhatsApp releases, although its presence in the beta program suggests it’s largely a matter of time, reported Engadget.

Critics have blamed fake news on WhatsApp for spurring lynchings and other violence in India, and Facebook has gone so far as to run newspaper ads and hire dedicated staff to keep a lid on misinformation. WhatsApp is testing several measures to curb the spread of fake news on its platform.

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