New Delhi, July 09: WhatsApp has been in the limelight for all the wrong reasons lately. The Facebook-owned instant messaging app has been in headlines for spreading fake or misinformed news, which led to the lynching of innocents in India.
After the recent lynching incidents, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad asked WhatsApp to take measures to control the spread of fake news via its platform.
In this regard, WhatsApp is reportedly working on the IT Ministry's order. The popular messaging platform is testing a new feature called the Suspicious Link Detection where it will inform users if the link that they received from their friends is suspicious or not.
With this initiative, WhatsApp expects to bring down the spread of fake news among the masses, and in turn incidents of lynching.
The feature will warn users about suspicious links beforehand by automatically checking them in the message and will be able to determine if the links are safe. Similarly, WhatsApp will be taking other steps to curb the spread of fake news.
The instant messenger has said that users will now get to know if a shared message has been typed or forwarded and existing group admins will be able to get demoted to a member with limited rights. Group admins will also be able to restrict a user from sending a particular message.
The Facebook-owned company will also roll-out a feature to prevent a user from adding a person back into the group once he or she has left it.