WhatsApp's new feature to curb fake news is on the way
We'll see if this works.
WhatsApp is stepping up the war on fake news and misinformation on its platform.
Following the launch of the new privacy settings for group users, WhatsApp is now testing a new feature for groups which will help users block frequently forwarded messages.
The two new details being worked on are "Forwarding Info" and "Frequently Forwarded". While the Forwarding Info feature shows how many times a message has been forwarded, the Frequently Forwarded Message option lets you decide if you want to receive messages in your group chat that are frequently forwarded around.
The Forwarding Info and Frequently Forwarded features are not available yet but WhatsApp is working on these features in its Beta update for Android and they are expected to be rolled out across the platform in the near future.
According to WABetainfo, when the feature is enabled, nobody will be able to send a Frequently Forwarded message in the group. You will still be able to forward it from your gallery but not with the ease that currently exists when forwarding a message.
The feature will be available to turn on in the group settings so only admins will be able to access it.
We have our doubts whether many admins would bother with such a feature when it is eventually introduced.