WhatsApp has announced that from Tuesday 10th July, it’s messaging app will begin to indicate which messages users received have been forwarded to them by their contacts. That is, WhatsApp will now be labeling forwarded messages on its platform.
In January 2018, we reported that WhatsApp was testing new features that 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 appears to be a proof of that report. WhatsApp has reiterated that it cares deeply about users safety on the platform. With labeling forwarded messages, it hopes to encourage it’s users to think before sharing messages that were forwarded.
Labeling of forwarded messages is WhatsApp attempt to encourage safety on its platform, as well as discourage the spread of spams among it’s over one billion global users. The messaging giant announced that the extra context to messages will help make one-on-one and group chats easier to follow. It also aimed to help users determine if their friends or relative indeed wrote the message they sent or if it originally came from someone else.
In the wake of unsolicited broadcast messages which has almost become a curse on WhatsApp, labeling if forwarded messages is a sure welcome development.
To be able to see this new forwarded label feature, users will need to have the latest supported version of WhatsApp on their phone.
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.