WhatsApp rolling out ‘Forwarded’ label to combat spread of false news

WhatsApp will start indicating which messages you receive have been forwarded to you starting today. The Facebook-owned social messaging platform is drawing criticism from around the world for its inability to limit the spread of misinformation on the network.

“As a reminder, you can report spam or block a contact in one tap and can always reach out to WhatsApp directly for help,” the company said in a released statement. The company also recently announced Research Awards for Social Science and Misinformation as an effort to curtail the spread of false messages on the platform.

“Deep disapproval of such developments has been conveyed to the senior management of WhatsApp and they have been advised that necessary remedial measures should be taken,” India’s IT ministry said last week.


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