In the wake of fake news being circulated through its channel, WhatsApp had previously introduced a feature to identify a forwarded message. It tags such messages with an arrow and a title “Forwarded”. In order to validate the authenticity of the “Forwarded” message, users could then look it up on internet. In a bid to make it easy, Whatsapp is in the process of rolling out a new feature “Search the web”. With every forwarded message would be an icon of “magnifying glass”. If you doubt the authenticity of a forwarded message or want to learn more about it, you can look it up on internet by clicking on the aforementioned icon. It would ask you if you would like to search this on web and will upload the mesaage to Google.
Search the web is being rolled out starting today in Brazil, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Spain, UK, and US for those on the latest versions of WhatsApp for Android, iOS and WhatsApp Web.