Social media has become a very important part of our life. People spend their leisure time scrolling down. Every day we receive messages in bulk out of which most of them are forwarded fake news. We blindly believe it and pass on it to our contacts.
A few days back a similar case took news by storm. In Ahmedabad, A lady who was a beggar was beaten up and killed by the public because the people suspected her as a child-lifter and other women beggar were also attacked which was a fake news spread by Social Media.
To overcome all this mess Whatsapp company has announced to add a feature through which people can identify whether its a fake news or rumors.
The company will add a “Forwarded” label just like the forwarded mail. This feature will help the user to know that the message was originally written by someone else, not the sender. This may seem a minor change but would be really helpful in preventing misinformation from revolving. "WhatsApp cares deeply about your safety. We encourage you to think before sharing messages that were forwarded." the company mentioned in a blog post.
The spreading of false news has created many violent situations in India.
Last week India’s Ministry of Electronics sent an assertive warning to the company asking for the immediate action on the issue.
Whatsapp has responded by launching the new feature which includes new admin control of group messages. The company will also post full-page ads in the newspaper in India to warn the WhatsApp user not to trust forwarded messages.
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