WhatsApp releases a new feature, prepares to launch an important other

A new beta update for WhatsApp on Android shows two features on forwarding messages. One adds an additional ‘frequently forwarded’ label, while the other lets users check if their messages have been forwarded.

At same time, the WhatsApp team at Facebook is continuing to build features to help thwart fake news. WABetaInfo reported that a new beta version of WhatsApp includes an in-app web browser and the ability to reverse image search an image that’s sent in a chat so that you can try to figure out where the image really came from.

The in-app browser on its own likely won’t do much to combat fake news, although it’s at least a helpful feature that’s been missing for some time. WaBetaInfo notes that WhatsApp doesn’t allow people to screenshot or video record while using the in-app browser.

The more useful feature, especially in cases where viral photos spread through chain texts on the platform, is the ability to reverse Google image search. Users can select an image, upload it to Google, and then see where else that photo shows up. Though to fight fake news, users have to actually take the initiative to look an image up.

 

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