WhatsApp has introduced a label that will help users to identify a forwarded message on the platform. This means that if a message wasn’t composed by the sender in a given conversation, it will have a ‘forwarded’ label at the top. The label is similar to forwarded email messages, indicating the note was originally written by someone other than the sender.
This comes after the platform was scrutinized by users because it was widely used to spread false information. Kenya was a victim of this when violence erupted after the release of presidential results. People were sending wrong facts along tribal lines that led to hatred among communities. For example many messages claimed that people from the Western part of Kenya were being lynched in certain regions.
India has also faced a WhatsApp related conflict. Early July, a group of people were arrested in connection with the mob killing of five men in northwestern India and this was triggered a WhatsApp rumor.
“WhatsApp will indicate which messages you receive have been forwarded to you. This extra context will help make one-on-one and group chats easier to follow. It also helps you determine if your friend or relative wrote the message they sent or if it originally came from someone else. To see this new forwarded label, you need to have the latest supported version of WhatsApp on your phone.” WhatsApp wrote in a blogpost.
This may seem like a minor update but it will definitely play a huge role in identifying false information or it will users identify original content from friends. “WhatsApp cares deeply about your safety. We encourage you to think before sharing messages that were forwarded.” WhatsApp wrote.