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WhatsApp Reportedly Testing A Feature To Limit And Catch Spam Messages

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Jan 16, 2018
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WhatsApp is reportedly testing a new feature which will restrict the spread of spam or hoax messages. Apart from this, the method will also oppose the fake messages spreading on the popular internet messaging platform. What the company is aiming to do is tackle the often circulated messages in which it says that a subscription is required for the service to continue to serve. At this point in time, two elements have been spotted, which we will talk about later on. So let’s dive in to see some more details on the matter.

WhatsApp Working On A Method To Limit The Spreading Of Spam Or Hoax Messages

Whatsappen.nl and WABetaInfo, two WhatsApp blog sites report pointing at messages in the app which shows up in order to warn users that they are exposed to a risk of forwarding a spam message. Furthermore, it does this by displaying a notice that a message “has been forwarded many times”. Since users randomly forward spam messages, this will provide them with the details that the message you’re about to forward might be a spam or hoax.

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A similar message also appears on the popular internet messaging platform displayed on a frequently forwarded message when it is received. However, at this point in time, the upcoming method of limiting the spread of letter style spam messages is in the development phase. More importantly, we’re not yet sure whether the company will roll out the feature to the general public.

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As per TechCrunch, the company has not responded to the confirmation request at the time of writing. If we look at the issue from a wider perspective, the forwarding of such kinds of hoax or spam messages does not seem that much of a big deal to an individual. However, the false rumours spread quite fast on WhatsApp and could potentially lead to more serious outcomes.

According to WABetaInfo, the sending alert will show up after a message has been forwarded more than 25 times. However, even though the receipt warns that a message has been “forwarded many times”, it still does not prevent the message being sent. We will probably hear more details on it, so be sure to stay tuned in for more details.

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This is all for now, folks. What are your thoughts on WhatsApp working on a method to limit the spreading of spam or hoax messages? Do you think the company could have coped up with the issue in a better way? Share your views with us in the comments.

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