WhatsApp has started rolling out the frequently forwarded messages feature on both Android as well as iOS apps to let users know if the message they have received has been forwarded over five times.
This feature is available for all the users who are on the latest version of WhatsApp.
"We have recently introduced an update to our forwarded message label that helps people identify when they have received messages that were previously forwarded several times, such as a chain message. These highly forwarded messages will be marked with a double arrow icon and users will receive a notice when they are forwarding such a message," said WhatsApp spokesperson.
The latest feature is in addition to WhatsApp's 'forwarded' label for messages which was introduced last year. WhatsApp has been testing it since April this year. You can read more about it here.
WhatsApp has been trying to curb the spread of fake news since it came in the government's radar last year for several cases of mob lynching. Mob lynchings triggered by false incendiary messages in India, WhatsApp’s biggest market with more than 200 million users, led to authorities calling for steps to prevent the circulation of false texts and provocative content. It also caused a public relations nightmare.
WhatsApp is also gearing up to launch its payment service, WhatsApp Pay, in India. WhatsApp Global Head Will Cathcart said that the company was aiming to roll-out the service by the end of this year.
With inputs from IANS.