WhatsApp is working on an important new feature to combat the spread of misinformation in his service. The Facebook-owned chat app internally tests a new option that allows a user to quickly verify the legitimacy of images he has received on WhatsApp by checking if they are ever on the web appear.
A reference to this feature was WABetaInfo was first discovered by WABetaInfo, a developer who gained notoriety by browsing the app code to showcase future WhatsApp product plans. VentureBeat knows that the company is actually testing the feature internally, even though a WhatsApp spokesman did not oppose it.
The unnamed feature relies on Google's reverse image search feature to allow WhatsApp users to upload an image and find where it appears on the web. This is a clever solution from WhatsApp that protects all news and media content on its platform with end-to-end encryption. The use of encryption is of enormous benefit to end users, but WhatsApp's ability to scan content from news and media on its platform is severely limited by images. In countries like India, WhatsApp's largest market, and where the service is concerned with disseminating false information, the feature could potentially help many users to quickly review facts and gain more context about the image they receive.
The likely upcoming feature comes as WhatsApp has implemented various security measures on the platform. The company has set a limit on the number of messages that WhatsApp users can forward and conduct various educational campaigns to force tens of millions of first-time users to be more careful about the messages they share with their friends and family. WhatsApp said last month that its system bans 2 million fake or abusive accounts every month ̵
According to WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is also working to expand its WhatsApp Pay payment service, which it is currently testing in India, the UK, Brazil and Mexico.
The developer also shared a picture with an in-app browser in WhatsApp's Android app. The developer told VentureBeat that the in-app browser is currently limited to Android 8.1 and above. Like WhatsApp's In-app Browser, Firefox, Chrome and Safari also use Google's Safe Web Browsing service, which alerts users when they try to visit a website that is known to spread malware and other malicious content ,