WhatsApp is now rolling out a new feature to help users stop sending “Frequently Forwarded” messages within its Groups Settings.
According to Wabetainfo, WhatsApp is working on the features (called “Forwarding Info” and “Frequently Forwarded”) in its Beta update for Android, that tracks WhatsApp updates.
One adds an additional ‘frequently forwarded’ label, while the other lets users check if their messages have been forwarded. This tool is available in the info section for messages. Users can see if their messages have been delivered or read. The new update will show if the sent message has been forwarded and also the number of times.
These will help over 1.5 billion WhatsApp users to know how many times a message has been forwarded. The option will be available in Group Settings and only administrators can see and able to change it.
However, for now, WhatsApp has limited the forwards to a maximum of five in India. The messaging platform shows a label for every forwarded message. You can see this just above the message text. For messages which have been forwarded more than four times, expected that WhatsApp will show the ‘frequently forwarded’ label on top.
The Facebook-owned platform said that the features are not available yet but, in the 2.19.97 beta update, the features have been tested that allows choosing to stop sending Frequently Forwarded Messages in the group. And it isn’t clear when this will apply to forwarded messages as well for all users.
WhatsApp’s upcoming features could be a part of the messaging platform’s move to fight fake news, an issue it’s been battling with for the past year.
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