WhatsApp working on Suspicious Link Detection to detect spams

WhatsApp working on Suspicious Link Detection to detect spams

WhatsApp working on Suspicious Link Detection to detect spams

WhatsApp has been at the centre of many controversies, particularly in India following reports of lynching incidents after fake messages were spread through WhatsApp.

WhatsApp has previously said it is tweaking features and giving users controls in its effort to rein in false messages.

IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had last week asked for greater accountability from WhatsApp, saying that the government will not tolerate any misuse of the platform to spread fake messages created to "provoke" and "instigate" people.

"Be thoughtful of what you share", reads one.

They include a service it is testing only in India that will show users when a message has been forwarded rather than composed by the sender. It is also advised to double check facts before forwarding to know the source of information.

WhatsApp also reminded its users that fake news "often" goes viral and just because "a message is shared many times, does not make it true". According to WhatsApp, "many messages containing hoaxes or fake news have spelling mistakes". It started with the publication of several full-page advertisements in English, Hindi and regional languages in newspapers across the country - a strategy that borrows from Facebook's own public relations playbook.

"We launched a new setting that enables administrators to decide who gets to send messages within individual groups".

As seen, the suspicious link will be marked with a red label and a second warning will be displayed upon opening the link.

Last week, five people were lynched in Dhule district in Maharashtra state on suspicion of them being part of of a gang of child-lifters.

Facebook-owned WhatsApp has been working on a new tool called Suspicious Link Detection which aims to tackle fake news on the messaging platform.

WhatsApp is taking steps to put a stop to spam circulation on its platform.

It has also been pointed out that such platform can not evade accountability and responsibility specially when good technological inventions are abused by some miscreants who resort to provocative messages which lead to spread of violence.

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