WhatsApp has commenced rolling out the “frequently forward” messages label on both iOS and Android to allow users to know if the message that they have received has been forwarded around five times. A long forwarded message will also be shortened, and the user will have to tap to read the full message. It is available for all users, who are on the advanced version of WhatsApp.
The latest “frequently forwarded” label is an attempt by the Facebook-owned message service to restrain the spreading of fake news via the platform. In its FAQ, the company claims that the number of times a message has been forwarded is end-to-end encrypted. This new feature is an update to WhatsApp’s “forwarded” label was first spotted in March 2019.
A spokesman of WhatsApp was quoted saying, “We have recently introduced an update to our forwarded message label that helps people identify when they have received messages that were previously forwarded several times, such as a chain message. These highly forwarded messages will be marked with a double arrow icon and users will receive a notification when they are forwarding such a message.”
WhatsApp is about to introduce its payment service in India, named WhatsApp Pay. WhatsApp Global Head Will Cathcart claims that the company was objecting to roll out the service by the end of 2019.
On Friday, the top court was reported to ask the RBI to confirm the compliance of WhatsApp with local date rules for its payment service, give it time of six weeks to reply.
Facebook-owned Instagram has also been testing the latest service likely to introduce in India.