WhatsApp has been under scrutiny since five people were lynched in Maharashtra recently due to a fake news message that circulated on the online messaging app. The company’s latest step in mitigating the issue of fake news on its platform is to mention clearly that the messages have been forwarded by marking them with a ‘Forwarded’ label, so that one can ascertain whether the sender themselves has written the message or forwarded it from someone else. The feature is a welcome addition and to some degree, it can help people in identifying whether a piece of information received via WhatsApp is fake or not. However, there is a simple method, which someone with nefarious motives can use for making sure that forwarded messages don’t display the ‘Forwarded’ label.
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