WhatsApp to limit message forwarding to five chats in India
WhatsApp to combat spam, spam and phishing on its own stage had lately started testing the Suspicious Link Indicator feature in Android beta version 2.18.204. Nevertheless, this testing was restricted to some small number of beta users.
Currently, WhatsApp has rolled out the Suspicious Link Indicator feature to users on Android beta starting version 2.18.221. Along with this, WhatsApp has set up an FAQ page on its website, detailing the way the feature works.
⊗ The feature is believed to be rolling out on beta version 2.18.221
⊗ The report asserts that all hyperlinks are labeled locally
⊗ WhatsApp lately announced plans to restrict message forwarding
WhatsApp beta on Android 2.18.221 can mark auspicious Link’ whenever a contact sends one to you (first spotted by WABetaInfo). This update is very likely to warn unknowing users of a questionable link before they open it.
WhatsApp will also reportedly alert the consumer once again by looking for unusual characters if they attempt to start the link. Two options, Open Link, and Return will be supplied.
The suspicious personality is emphasized in the dialogue box that appears whenever you attempt to start the link. The newest Suspicious Link Detection feature is not available on iOS and Windows Mobile Phone but will be rolled out in future updates.
In the FAQ page, WhatsApp says,“This indicator might seem when a link contains a combination of personalities that are considered unusual. Spammers might use these personality combinations to trick you into tapping on hyperlinks that appear to go to a valid website, but really take you to a malicious site.”
The company also claims that the links are checked automatically, and the message information is not seen by it due to end-to-end encryption, initially declared in Nov of 2014.
Though this new feature will work as a measure against adware, adware, and possibly even spam, it might not be as effective in combating fake news, that’s a considerable difficulty for WhatsApp at the moment.
There are many different websites which don’t have some special characters from the URL but are known for spreading conspiracy theories and false or altogether false stories as accurate news.
Before this week, WhatsApp declared that it plans to restrict message forwarding capabilities for Indian users in the wake of mob incidents within the nation. The plan includes a lower limit of 5 messages as well as the elimination of the”quick forward” dictionary from websites messages.
The company also promised that Indian users forward more messages and more videos compared to any other market in the entire world.