Earlier this month, WhatsApp announced that it was working on a new suspicious link detection feature for Android users. Now, the WhatsApp Suspicious Link Detection feature is available for all Android beta users across the globe. If you wish to try out the feature on your phone, you will need to get the latest WhatsApp beta version, i.e. 2.18.221 installed.
WhatsApp Suspicious Link Detection Feature is Under Testing to curb spam messages
WhatsApp Suspicious Link Detection Feature beta on Android 2.18.221 has the ability to tag a ‘Suspicious Link’ whenever a contact sends one to you.
The company has introduced a Suspicious Link Detection feature that will help users identify suspicious links (both sent and received) within the messaging application and it is a part of beta version 2.18.204 for Android according to the report of WABetaInfo. The application essentially “analyses” the link in order to detect whether it is redirecting to a “fake or alternative website”
WhatsApp Suspicious Link Detection feature will scan the link locally for any spam, and if the link contains any suspicious characters or if WhatsApp thinks that it will redirect to somewhere unsafe, it will flag the link as suspicious by displaying a red warning sign over the message.
How will the WhatsApp Suspicious Link Detection feature help you?
# WhatsApp which has over 200 million monthly active users in India, listed a number of measures it has taken in the recent past to control the spread of misinformation and abuse on its platform.
# WhatsApp is trying hard to curb the menace of fake news being circulated on its platform for quite some time.
# Criminals and anti-social elements increasingly using WhatsApp to share fake through group chats, the new feature will curb to check this misuse of its instant messaging app.
# It is a much-needed feature to limit the spam circulation which will help a lot to address the fake content.
How does the WhatsApp Suspicious Link Detection feature work?
# If you had installed WhatsApp beta version, i.e. 2.18.221 on your device recently but don’t see the suspicious link detection feature yet, you will need to reinstall WhatsApp for the feature to show up.
# You can join the WhatsApp beta program using Google Play. Open Google Play and search for WhatsApp.
# Next, scroll down all the way to find the “Become a beta tester” option.
# Once you join the beta program, you should receive an update for WhatsApp a few hours later.
#Once updated, you will be able to test out the suspicious link detection as well as the other features included in the latest beta.
# The app will notify about a suspicious link with a ‘red label’ indicating about the spam or phishing link or is redirecting to a fake news website.
# If a user still tries to open the link, WhatsApp alerts them with a warning that it might be a “possible suspicious link.”
# WAInfoBeta claims that every time the app analyses a link, it does it locally without sending any data packet to its servers.
Few other steps which WhatsApp has taken till now for security measure:
# Apparently, the previous Android beta version of WhatsApp brought a ‘Forwarded’ label to cut down the spread of fake information on the platform and help users identify forwarded messages.
# There is always the option to block people. It also prompts unknown senders with an option to either block or adds the contact on WhatsApp.
# Feature to prevent users from adding others back into groups which they left.
# Group admins can decide and even restrict other members from sending texts to a particular group.
# Demote group admins. With this, you can demote existing group admins to member status with limited rights.
WhatsApp Suspicious Link Detection feature is currently available to Android beta users of the app with version number 2.18.221. The feature is available only to Android users and iOS users will have to wait for a while before it appears.