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WhatsApp’s New Feature Allows You to Fact-Check Messages

Manage the spread of fake news in your chats through Search the Web.

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Information spreads quickly via the internet and social media apps; however, misinformation, rumors, and other unwanted viral messages do too. Now more than ever, filtering out the latter is crucial, and WhatsApp recently launched  Search the Web to double-check any forwarded messages’ reliability.  

If you feel uncertain about a message, simply tap the magnifying glass icon in the chat to open Google Search. This permits users to find information sources or news reports on the received content – a handy tool at anyone’s convenience. 

And because WhatsApp values privacy, they note that uploading the message to the phone’s browser does not reveal the message’s content to WhatsApp. 

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Right now, Search the Web is emerging in Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, UK, and the U.S., on Android, iOS and WhatsApp Web.   

This feature is preceded by a forwarding limit, something WhatsApp calls a Coronavirus product change. To better understand the previous WhatsApp update that minimizes group chats, check out this article

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