WhatsApp Suspicious Link Detection Feature is Under Testing to curb spam messages. WhatsApp is working on a new feature called “Suspicious link” to detect spam and malicious links that are shared on the platform. When WhatsApp detects a suspicious link, the message is marked with a red label.
WhatsApp Suspicious Link Detection Feature is Under Testing to curb spam messages
WhatsApp Suspicious Link Detection Feature is Under Testing to curb spam messages. WhatsApp is reportedly working on a new spam prevention feature which is being called as the ‘Suspicious Link Detection’.
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 has made it clear that it is still working on the function and it is in the development stages. The new 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?
# Once this feature is rolled-out, the moment you receive a link to a website on WhatsApp.
# The app will do a background check of the link to the website and will alert you if it finds something fishy.
# WhatsApp will automatically detect whether the link that a user receives is redirecting to a fake or alternative website.
# 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.
The feature appears to be in the development stage and is part of 2.18.204 beta version on Google Play Store. WhatsApp is expected to roll out the feature after more polishing and trying it out with beta testers.