One of the biggest concerns of WhatsApp is combat the large number of fake news that are shared on the platform. Therefore, the company is developing ways to reduce the spread of false news. Find out how how to recognize fake news on whatsapp through the search function implemented in the app.
How to recognize fake news on WhatsApp
When a message is widely shared on WhatsApp, it receives a label with two arrows. This flag is a feature that allows the user to identify that this message has gone viral and has been shared by many people in the application. However, due to encryption, the app cannot analyze the content of the message and identify if it contains anything related to fake news.
To minimize this problem, WhatsApp has developed the function «Search the Internet» and has implemented a button with the icon of a magnifying glass so that the user can search directly on the internet if the content of the message may be related to some type of false news or disinformation, without WhatsApp being aware of the content of the message.
To check for fake news on WhatsApp do the following:
- See if the message is labeled with two arrows;
- Click on the magnifying glass icon (on the right side);
- The application will ask: “Do you want to research the topic on the internet?”;
- Confirm and click search the web;
- You will be taken to the Google search page.
The Google search screen will open with some words that are in the body of the message.
Sometimes the search may not find a specific result if the text of the message is too general or confusing, but you can change some words to better filter the search and get a better result.
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The search tool is available on Android, iOS and PC / WhatsApp Web applications. It is important to remember that you need to have the latest version of the app installed to use the feature properly.
The use of whatsapp internet search tool can help people find out more quickly and easily if content is false and thus combat disinformation.