In modern times, social networks face a big problem – fake news. False information, alarm messages or hoaxes are spreading among people, and whatsApp, who has decided to actively fight them, is no exception.
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Fake news is a modern plague of the Internet. It spreads among the weakest (pensioners, trusting people) and is often stopped by a qualified expert. And alarming hoaxes in the current difficult situation with a coronavirus pandemic pose an extreme danger; you have certainly noticed leached news about Prague quarantine or a complete curfew.
Used by up to 2 billion active users, WhatsApp has now launched its own weapon against the spread of fake news and alarms. This is because the developers implement a service that allows verifying the claims directly on the Internet.
WhatsApp seems to have added a search icon next to Forwarded messages to search directly with Google forwarding – fake messages that were called out, usually show up on top.
Decent move. pic.twitter.com/u0DFnaj2Bi
– SG (@shrinivassg) March 21, 2020
A similar function has already been added by Facebook or Twitter, which, however, encourages the moderators to check the truth and they then delete individual misunderstandings or direct impulses to the untruth themselves. In this more organized way it is easier to prevent the spread of fake news, but it costs both manpower and money.
WhatsApp comes up with this news, perhaps even in response to recent controversies linked to poor network security. Critics criticized the poor encryption and malware protection. The United Nations (UN), which removed WhatsApp from the list of secure communication platforms, was also on the critics' side. With this gesture against fake news, WhatsApp may be trying to get the opponents back to their side.