Search the Web, latest feature by WhatsApp to Fight Misinformation in Select Countries.
WhatsApp lets you see if a message sent to you has been forwarded through the forwarded label visible on the top of the message. Earlier this year, WhatsApp had also set a limit on how many times a message can be forwarded. This was done to maintain the private nature of WhatsApp, according to the company’s blog post. WhatsApp Search the Web feature has been in the works for months.
A double check on what messages you are forwarding is a must now. It has been seen that there has been many legal incidents involving sending of unconfirmed forwards by an individual.
WhatsApp said that through Search the Web, users will be able to upload the forwarded messages on their browsers without WhatApp ever seeing the message itself. Currently, WhatsApp Search the Web is launched in Brazil, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Spain, UK and the US for users that have the latest version of WhatsApp on Android, iPhone, and WhatsApp Web.
In March, WhatsApp had received a bot from the World Health Organisation (WHO) that provided users latest information about coronavirus pandemic and busted myths related to it. In India, the Central government had also launched the MyGov Corona Helpdesk around the same time to create awareness and provide information from health experts about COVID-19.