WhatsApp starts testing ‘Suspicious Link Detection’ feature

by Lawrence Cooper July 11, 2018, 18:07
WhatsApp starts testing ‘Suspicious Link Detection’ feature

The good thing is the app analyzes the link "locally" which means WhatsApp does not transmit any data to server ensuring that company takes care of the encryption of the messages.

The company believes that the label "will help make one-on-one and group chats easier to follow".

WhatsApp said that this feature will allow people to determine if their friends or relatives sent a particular message or if it came from somewhere else. Interestingly, despite this claim, the new feature can presumably be bypassed by anyone quite easily.

The Suspicious Link Detection feature goes hand in hand with Chrome and Firefox browsers which inform a user they visiting an unsafe link. "And if the answer is yes, think twice before sharing it again", reads the tip.

Just yesterday, Google-owned YouTube pledged $25 million to support and highlight legitimate news sources, while last month Facebook revealed it was extending its fact-checking program to more countries.

"It has also been pointed out that such a platform can not evade accountability and responsibility, especially when good technological inventions are abused by miscreants who resort to provocative messages for spreading violence", the statement added.

WhatsApp just introduced a new feature created to help its users identify the origin of information that they receive in the messaging app.

On Tuesday, WhatsApp published a full-page advertisement in some newspapers as part of its new campaign to fight misinformation and fake news.

WhatsApp has been under pressure from Indian authorities lately for a slew of killings that allegedly originated from hoax messages sent on the app.

All of the incidents reportedly fuelled by messages circulated via WhatsApp which subsequently became viral and led to deaths of several people.

It's also now testing a feature that labels forwarded messages so that recipients can distinguish whether it's already been doing the rounds, or if it was composed by the sender. The Government has also directed that spread of such messages should be immediately contained through the application of appropriate technology.


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