Are you like me that hate receiving chain messages on WhatsApp, and looking for a way out? Ever received spam messages on the world most favorite messaging app? Sure, you have, unless you haven’t been using the app since the stone-age. The good news is that you are about to get a respite soon, according to two WhatsAapp blogs – WABetaInfo and Whatsappen. The blogs claims WhatsApp is planning on rolling out a new feature which will help to tackle the spread of viral messages on its platform – an anti-chain and anti-spam feature.
The new feature according to the blog sites says WhatsApp will warn a user when they receive messages which had been forwarded many times and also when that user attempts to forward similar messages. This would be a big respite to users like me.
The sites also claimed that the warning messages allows a user to recognize whether a message is possible a spam or a chain letter.
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If this feature is rolled out as speculated, it would be a welcome development its wide users across the globe, as a lot feel the Facebook-owned WhatsApp might not have done enough to combat the spread of chain and spam messages on its platform. Looking at the new war against fake news on social media, users like me are expectant for the launch.
WhatsApp Messenger was founded in 2009 by Brian Acton and Jan Koum, both former employees of Yahoo!. It is a proprietary cross-platform instant messaging client for smartphones. It uses the Internet to send text messages, images, video, user location and audio media messages to other users using standard cellular mobile numbers. The name “WhatsApp” was used because it sounded like “what’s up. As of February 2016, WhatsApp had a user base of up to one billion, making it the most globally popular messaging application.
WhatsApp Inc. is based in Mountain View, California and has been acquired by Facebook Inc. on February 19, 2014, for approximately US$19.3 billion.