WhatsApp is by far one of the world’s most popular messaging platforms. Unfortunately, that platform can be ripe with misinformation, especially if you happen to be a member of large WhatsApp groups. WhatsApp has tried to fight this misinformation in various ways in the past, but now they’re adding a new weapon to their arsenal: fact-checking forwarded messages.
The way the new fact-checking tool works is when a user receives a forwarded message, that message will now have a magnifying glass icon next to it. Tap that icon and WhatsApp will ask you if you want to upload the message via your browser to search for news about the claims made in the message. WhatsApp says the company will never see the messages fact-checked through this tool.