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WhatsApp testing Suspicious Link Detection feature to weed out spam

The feature is in beta stage now, but will be made available to the public very soon

Santanu Basu @shaanthegame 9 July 2018, 3:17 PM
Users will get a warning whenever WhatsApp detects a spam link

Users will get a warning whenever WhatsApp detects a spam link Image: Thinkstock

WhatsApp is taking steps to put a stop to spam circulation on its platform. The Facebook-owned messaging service has started testing a new feature dubbed Suspicious Link Detection to detect suspicious links being sent through the messenger.

The feature is available in the WhatsApp beta version 2.18.204 or later for Android, but can only be accessed by a handful of users in its initial stages. WhatsApp is taking these measures to curb distribution of fake website links.

According to Wabetainfo, the feature will analyse the links sent through WhatsApp and check if these redirect users to fake or potentially dangerous websites. If WhatsApp detects anything suspicious, the message will be marked with a red label in order to indicate danger. If the user still decides to click on the link, he/she will get a second notification asking if they really want to visit the link.

Suspicious links will be tagged with a red warning label

Suspicious links will be tagged with a red warning label Image: Wabetainfo

To recall, a series of lynching incidents around India triggered by fake or doctored WhatsApp forwards prompted the Indian government to instruct WhatsApp to look into the matter with due diligence. WhatsApp responded by adding a Forwarded Label to messages which are being recirculated. The company also declared it has enlisted help from 'local experts' to filter out any fake news being sent through its platform.

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