Facebook’s instant messaging app WhatsApp tells you about the new feature. Plenty of forwarded messages get a magnifying glass next to them that allows the user to google the message. A Google search can tell you if you trust a message or its subject. The operation was received as early as March.
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According to WhatsApp, clicking on the magnifying glass will move the message through the Google browser so that WhatsApp will never see the message. According to the blog, the feature can be useful, for example, to curb false corona claims.
WhatsApp has been criticized for helping to spread false information. The service has sought to limit false news in its service and in the spring it imposed a new restriction on frequently forwarded messages.
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WhatsApp often counts a message as forwarded if it has passed through at least five people. Such messages are identified by a double arrow next to them. Now such messages can no longer be forwarded to more than one chat at a time.
A magnifying glass comes with such double-arrowed messages. According to WhatsApp, the feature will now be available in Brazil, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Spain, the UK and the US with the latest version of WhatsApp for Android, iOS or WhatsApp Web.
WhatsApp said nothing about other countries and their schedules. According to the blog, the feature is in the testing phase. It can therefore be assumed that after the test it would spread to new countries.