WhatsApp is now rolling out a new feature to reduce the spread of misinformation on its platform. The update notifies people if a message has been forwarded many times.
If a user is trying to forward a message that has been forwarded multiple times before, WhatsApp will notify users that it will be marked as “forwarded many times”.
A user can continue to send the message or choose to quit. To recall, a “frequently forwarded” label was anticipated for WhatsApp, but the feature seems different since the label on messages that have been forwarded many times will continue to say “Forwarded” but will have a double arrow icon.
According to WhatsApp
“We’ve recently introduced an update to our forwarded message label that helps people identify when they’ve 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,”
The notification will only appear for messages that have been forwarded more than five times. Such messages will have a double arrow icon. “This message will be marked as forwarded many times,” the notifications read. It works with text messages as well as images and videos.
WhatsApp will label messages that have been forwarded more than five times, but will not reveal the exact number of times it has been forwarded.