How to check fake WhatsApp messages?

How to check fake WhatsApp messages? In a bid to curb the spread of fake news and misinformation on social media, WhatsApp is now working on a feature that would let users verify forwarded messages.

The new WhatsApp feature would be called the Advanced Search Mode, it will allow the user to search for media files on their smartphones in a fast and easy manner. 

How to check fake WhatsApp messages?

How to check fake WhatsApp messages?

WhatsApp is one of the most widely used messaging apps across the globe and has over 2 billion monthly active users.

As per the report of WABetaInfo, WhatsApp has been working on the new Search feature and this feature will help to check whether the message they have received is authentic or not.

In India, several messaging apps including WhatsApp and others, as well as social media platforms, have been called out multiple times by the government to come up with steps to counter the spread of misinformation.

The decision comes on the back of an increase in the spread of misinformation or fake news in the current scenario. At times like these, fake news is not only dangerous, it is also fatal.

COVID-19 is spreading fast and wide, and not only do we need to take care of our health, but we also need to make sure no false information is shared about it.

In situations of chaos and pandemic, it is very easy for fake news to spread and most people are not informed enough to ignore it.

How to check fake news or misinformation on WhatsApp?

How to check fake WhatsApp messages?

# Forward mark

Firstly, the “Forwarded” label at the top needs to be checked when you receive a message.

There is an arrow mark on top of the messages that have been forwarded. With this symbol one can conclude that the sender is not the original source of the message and he too has received this information from somewhere else.

In cases like these, double-check anything you have received.

# Randomly Forwarded Messages

The messages in this category have two arrow marks instead of one. When a message is forwarded from one user to another more than five times, it’s indicated with a double arrow icon.

This is an indicator that the message has been floating around on the portal for quite some time and will need to be checked all the more.

If you’re not sure who wrote the original message, double-check the facts with trusted news sources. 

# Forwarding Info

The feature lets a person check the number of times the message has been forwarded. To see this information, tap on the message info option.

You can verify the message by searching for facts online before sharing it with your contacts. 

# Search it in Google

When you receive a text on WhatsApp that has most certainly been forwarded to you, you will see a search icon placed right beside the message.

Once you tap on the icon, WhatsApp will ask if you want to search the message on Google to check whether the news is authentic or not.

If you select yes, you will be taken to a page on the search engine which would confirm whether your message is true or false.

# Images and Videos

Often, we receive photos, audio recordings, and videos that can be edited to mislead you. Look at trusted news sources to see if the story is being reported elsewhere.

The authenticity of the image can be verified by doing a reverse search of the image on google.

You just have to pull and drop the image on the Google search bar, and all the sources of the image will be revealed to you.

Also the simplest way to check if the video is real is to Google, it also checks the news portal if there is any coverage related to it.

# URL and Website

Scammer usually forwards the URL of known website names to trick you and cause confusion. Hence never go to the website links shared on Whatsapp messages.

Many messages or website links you receive containing fake news have spelling mistakes.

Checking the content of the message is important as a lot of fake news stories come with facts that are misquoted or misinterpreted

Many of these links are fake and take you to a website that steals your personal details.

# Facts Checking Websites

Use facts checking websites available on the internet, whose whole purpose is to bust the fake messages being shared on Whatsapp.

You just need to Google them if you want to sites that are specific to your region or country.

WhatsApp new Advanced Search feature

# The new WhatsApp Advanced Search Mode feature, it will allow the user to search for media files on their smartphones in a fast and easy manner.
# The Advanced Search Mode is already available on the iOS version of the app and now the company is bringing this feature to the Andriod version of the beta app.

# WhatsApp would be using color-coding to differentiate between different types of media files such as videos, audios, photos, etc.

# Under this feature, Images would be highlighted in red while audio files would be in mustard, GIFs in pink, and videos in violet.

# Links would be highlighted in green while documents will be highlighted using blue color-coding.

# The latest update would be version 2.20.117 of the WhatsApp beta app for Andriod. The most prominent new feature would be the addition of an advanced search option.

Apart from the advanced search feature, WhatsApp is also planning on bringing a protect Backup feature to its Android version of the app.

This feature will add a layer of encryption to the backup data making it more secure. The user would have to set a password to access the backup, according to the blog. WhatsApp users won’t be able to access their backup files if they don’t remember the password.

Both these new features are under development and hence are not available on the main WhatsApp app. They are only available on the beta WhatsApp app. 

Conclusion

Never forward message unless you are totally sure that it is an authentic message. What everyone needs to know is that not all messages shared on the app can be an authentic story. 

How to check fake WhatsApp messages? The Search Messages feature by WhatsApp will be highly effective at a time when the entire world is battling the coronavirus outbreak.

A lot of misinformation about the disease is shared on a daily basis on the internet. Social media giants Twitter, Facebook too are working on removing false news related to coronavirus from their platforms.

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