WhatsApp users in the UK can now quickly check the contents of forwarded messages in a web search to help expose misinformation.
It will add a magnifying glass icon next to forwarded messages that appear in chats, which users can tap to perform a Google search on the content they were sent to fact-check it and get more information on the topic.
‘Today, we’re piloting a simple way to double-check these messages by tapping a magnifying glass button in the chat,’ WhatsApp said.
‘Providing a simple way to search messages that have been forwarded many times may help people find news results or other sources of information about content they have received.
‘This feature works by allowing users to upload the message via their browser without WhatsApp ever seeing the message itself.’
The trial is WhatsApp’s latest attempt to stop the spread of misinformation on the platform after it introduced a limit to the number of times a message can be forwarded on earlier this year.