WhatsApp, the popular instant messaging platform has recently made an official announcement regarding the latest feature. It is geared up to roll out a new feature in India. The feature helps users in restraining the spread of erroneous information on its platform. It notifies the users regarding the count of 'frequently forwarded' messages to users. This feature may not be available for all the users of WhatsApp. However, some of them have already spotted it on their messaging app. For the latest version of the app, this feature is currently live.
If a user tries to forward a message that has been forwarded several times before then, WhatsApp immediately notifies the users. The message will be marked as 'forwarded many times'. At that time, the user can either endure to forward the message or simply opt to quit. This forwarded label comprises a double arrow and informs users through a notification.
One of the spokespersons from WhatsApp told, 'we've recently introduced an update to our forwarded message label that helps people identify if they’ve received messages that were previously forwarded several times, such as a chain message. The highly forwarded messages will be marked with a double arrow icon and users will receive a notification as they are forwarding such a message.'
The users will receive a notification only if the messages are forwarded more than 5 times. The forwarded messages label come with a double arrow icon. The notification reads, 'This message will be marked as forwarded many times.' This new feature works with text messages, images, and videos. The total number of times a message has been forwarded will remain end-to-end encrypted.
It starts notifying the users regarding the increase in the forwarded messages. But, it doesn't disclose the precise number of times it has been forwarded. With an intention to stop the broadcast of sham news among the users, WhatsApp has taken this measure by constraining the forward messages to count to only 5 people. As a result, the users will be aware of the messages they are forwarding to their friends or others.