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Whatsapp Takes Steps To Prevent The Spread Of Fake News by WNRealm: 11:45am On Jul 11
WhatsApp found itself in hot water recently due to the spread of fake news across its messaging platform. The problem became so acute, that the Indian government called out the Facebook-owned company. Many Indians have died due to fake news reports sent via WhatsApp, and the government had had enough. WhatsApp responded that it has been working on halting the problem, but it has come to light that it is currently working on a new feature to address the issue.
According to WhatsApp experts, WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is testing a new feature that will highlight suspicious links. The latest beta version of the app, submitted to the Google Play Beta Program, is very similar to older versions, with the only real difference being the new suspicious link detection feature.


Image via: WNR /p9eVRr-1sp – WhatsApp is testing a Suspicious Link flagging feature
The feature isn’t too complicated, but it could make a difference. WhatsApp will run background checks on all links shared across the platform. The check will determine whether the information contained in the link is accurate or not. Any link failing the WhatsApp verification test will receive a Suspicious Link flag. A second warning will flash up for anybody who decides to ignore the first flag and clicks the link anyway. According to WABetaInfo, the checks will be carried out on individual devices so they won’t consume extra user data.


Image via: WNR /p9eVRr-1sp – Users will who ignore the first warning and click a suspicious link will receive a second warning before the link opens
For now, this new feature is still a long way from a broader rollout to all users. It still has a lot of development ahead of it before it‘ll be stable enough to come to the primary version of the app. This shows, however, that WhatsApp is taking its fake news problem seriously and is activel

http://wapnetrealm.com/whatsapp-takes-steps-to-prevent-the-spread-of-fake-news/

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Re: Whatsapp Takes Steps To Prevent The Spread Of Fake News by femmy2010(m): 1:52pm On Jul 11
Good
Re: Whatsapp Takes Steps To Prevent The Spread Of Fake News by Geementor2: 1:52pm On Jul 11
wink angry

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Re: Whatsapp Takes Steps To Prevent The Spread Of Fake News by Speakdatruth: 1:52pm On Jul 11
I read this earlier. I still think its effect is minimal. There are some in app features we're expecting.
Re: Whatsapp Takes Steps To Prevent The Spread Of Fake News by doublecross(m): 1:53pm On Jul 11
this is not what we need now. we need to start talking about how to take our nation back from the looters we call leaders. go to the politics section and check out the topic "must read ( for the Nigerian youths)" and make a comment.

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Re: Whatsapp Takes Steps To Prevent The Spread Of Fake News by levi2: 1:53pm On Jul 11
make we dey see how e go work...
Re: Whatsapp Takes Steps To Prevent The Spread Of Fake News by Damilola97: 1:53pm On Jul 11
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Re: Whatsapp Takes Steps To Prevent The Spread Of Fake News by thunderbabs: 1:53pm On Jul 11
I need to know how to stop all d stupid ads showing on my phone as soon as i open my whatsapp and sm other apps like dt... O su mi

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Re: Whatsapp Takes Steps To Prevent The Spread Of Fake News by Frezhkid10(m): 1:54pm On Jul 11
Thank God...make all them fake bloggers go sleep and leave us alone....

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Re: Whatsapp Takes Steps To Prevent The Spread Of Fake News by nairalandbuzz(m): 1:54pm On Jul 11
Still wont work... Some fake people will still go ahead and click on the link...

They need to know that people do not read text when images are involved

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Re: Whatsapp Takes Steps To Prevent The Spread Of Fake News by Firefire(m): 1:54pm On Jul 11
APC own don finsih.

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Re: Whatsapp Takes Steps To Prevent The Spread Of Fake News by kolawoleibukun2: 1:54pm On Jul 11
wrong
very wrong
this is another means of media control. whatsapp is a personal messaging app.
small time text message will be controlled.
that means say these people day steal our information,
whatsapp no safe again oh
Re: Whatsapp Takes Steps To Prevent The Spread Of Fake News by MufasaRebirth: 1:55pm On Jul 11
Twitter should follow suit
Re: Whatsapp Takes Steps To Prevent The Spread Of Fake News by Frezhkid10(m): 1:55pm On Jul 11
Sirpaul:
is not my hand writing oooo
....ur network fast ooooo
Re: Whatsapp Takes Steps To Prevent The Spread Of Fake News by Nobody: 1:55pm On Jul 11
Not bad undecided

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Re: Whatsapp Takes Steps To Prevent The Spread Of Fake News by zedman1(m): 1:57pm On Jul 11
Very good development
Re: Whatsapp Takes Steps To Prevent The Spread Of Fake News by Orpe7(m): 2:00pm On Jul 11
NEEDED CUS SOME PEOPLE CAN SEND RUBBISH EH
Re: Whatsapp Takes Steps To Prevent The Spread Of Fake News by killuminati(m): 2:02pm On Jul 11
Sirpaul:
is not my hand writing oooo
make una no dey post this kind irritating pix na cry
Re: Whatsapp Takes Steps To Prevent The Spread Of Fake News by flex04(m): 2:03pm On Jul 11
That one goes to whatapp as for Uganda, Uganda Introduces Social Media Tax

Re: Whatsapp Takes Steps To Prevent The Spread Of Fake News by ednut1(m): 2:04pm On Jul 11
kolawoleibukun2:
wrong
very wrong
this is another means of media control. whatsapp is a personal messaging app.
small time text message will be controlled.
that means say these people day steal our information,
whatsapp no safe again oh
will u keep kwayet. Fake news and attacks have led to loss of lives and image

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Re: Whatsapp Takes Steps To Prevent The Spread Of Fake News by elmodee7: 2:11pm On Jul 11
like

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Re: Whatsapp Takes Steps To Prevent The Spread Of Fake News by Badb0y4lyf(m): 2:12pm On Jul 11
Wish nairaland will take this step and measures too awon blogger ti take overs. smiley

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Re: Whatsapp Takes Steps To Prevent The Spread Of Fake News by kolawoleibukun2: 2:15pm On Jul 11
are you serious? like really!
who is this stink midget asking me to keep kwayet?
lesson 101, for your entire life and even in your casket never you hush me.
wetin give this arrant ediort the audacity to hush me for public forum??
na u wan tell me wetin be fake news and wetin be real news? what do you know in this life?
your entire life was built on fake news and you are telling me that fake news led to loss of lives? why are you still alive?

na the news for guardian newspaper or na the news on NTA be real news? the one they shows videos of fake budgets, fake projects, fake government activities na be real news?

are u so tone-deaf that you do not understand the value of privacy? someone is invading your privacy and all you care is fake news?
real news has led to more deaths than what you call fake news. why haven't you championed a course to end that kinda news?

fake news and attack?? this mumu get sense so? wetin be fake news and attack? how attack take concern news?
oloshi
ednut1:
will u keep kwayet. Fake news and attacks have led to loss of lives and image

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Re: Whatsapp Takes Steps To Prevent The Spread Of Fake News by ednut1(m): 2:19pm On Jul 11
kolawoleibukun2:
are you serious? like really!
who is this stink midget asking me to keep kwayet?
lesson 101, for your entire life and even in your casket never you hush me.
wetin give this arrant ediort the audacity to hush me for public forum??
na u wan tell me wetin be fake news and wetin be real news? what do you know in this life?
your entire life was built on fake news and you are telling me that fake news led to loss of lives? why are you still alive?

na the news for guardian newspaper or na the news on NTA be real news? the one they shows videos of fake budgets, fake projects, fake government activities na be real news?

are u so tone-deaf that you do not understand the value of privacy? someone is invading your privacy and all you care is fake news?
real news has led to more deaths than what you call fake news. why haven't you championed a course to end that kinda news?

fake news and attack?? this mumu get sense so? wetin be fake news and attack? how attack take concern news?
oloshi
see epistle. Kola talo je ko man binu bayi grin

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Re: Whatsapp Takes Steps To Prevent The Spread Of Fake News by kolawoleibukun2: 2:24pm On Jul 11
no mind that yeye guy. dem day like provoke person. person no day fit talk him mind again for public forum make dem no quote and insult you.
ednut1:
see epistle. Kola talo je ko man binu bayi grin
Re: Whatsapp Takes Steps To Prevent The Spread Of Fake News by Jaytecq(m): 2:26pm On Jul 11
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Re: Whatsapp Takes Steps To Prevent The Spread Of Fake News by sonsomegrigbo: 2:29pm On Jul 11
Igbos will be badly affected...









They feed on fake news especially against PMB..






Shiorrrrrr

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Re: Whatsapp Takes Steps To Prevent The Spread Of Fake News by doublecross(m): 2:31pm On Jul 11
kolawoleibukun2:
no mind that yeye guy. dem day like provoke person. person no day fit talk him mind again for public forum make dem no quote and insult you.
Nigerians are truly useless especially the youths on nairaland. i don't blame the president for calling them lazy. how can you focus on irrelevant issues and abandon the relevant ones. someone made a suggestion on how to get a good president and no one made a comment. Instead they comment on nonsense. foolish people. they will still complain and point fingers at the president as if they are sensible.

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