WhatsApp Adds "Search Messages on the Web" to call out Fake Covid-19 Info
WhatsApp is testing a new feature that lets users search the authenticity of a message or information shared on WhatsApp groups or to contacts. This idea came up because of the widespread false messages shared concerning the Coronavirus outbreak causing panic around the world.
WhatsApp beta users can get a hold of this new feature before it has been finalized and released to the public. This feature works great, when you get a message sent to you via your contact or a message sent on a group which you need to verify it's authenticity, all you need to do is tap on the search icon, you will get a popup message asking if you will like to search the message on the web through Google.
The latest beta version 2.20.94 has the new search messages feature as confirmed by WABetaInfo. This is seen only on forwarded messages knowing that most forwarded messages reach more audience especially false information related to the Covid19 outbreak. The message will be uploaded to Google only and you will not get the option to choose a search engine like Bing or Yandex.
Relevant results of your searched messages will be uploaded to Google and you will be able to verify if the message is authentic or not. Soon this feature will be available to the public, probably on the next WhatsApp major update.
If you need true information concerning Governmental updates about the epidemic, you need to make use of the WhatsApp WHO bot number (+41 79 893 18 92) which provides the latest updates, alerts, and Mythbusters occurring such as new cases, recovered statistics and deaths occurred worldwide. This will make sure you are updated and not given false news updates.