New Delhi, July 12 Taking cognisance of the misuse of its platform for repeated circulation of provocative content, Facebook-owned WhatsApp on Tuesday rolled out "Forwarded" label to its 1.5 million monthly active users globally, including over 200 millions in India.
The feature will indicate which messages you receive have been forwarded to you in the group or individually.
While announcing the new feature on Tuesday, WhatsApp said this extra context will help make one-on-one and group chats easier to follow.
"It also helps you determine if your friend or relative wrote the message they sent or if it originally came from someone else," WhatsApp said in a statement.
To see this new forwarded label, the users need to have the latest supported version of WhatsApp on their phones.
"This could serve as an important signal for recipients to think twice before forwarding messages because it lets a user know if content they received was written by the person they know or a potential rumour from someone else," the company informed.
According to media reports, more than 30 people have been killed in the past one year by lynch mobs after rumours of child lifting triggered by messages on WhatsApp.
WhatsApp also advised people to exercise caution while sharing forwarded messages.
Know how does it work, its benefits and its loopholes
However, this is a good step by the WhatsApp but it still has some loopholes which the company need to work out in coming time. The forwarded message carries a 'Forward' tag only when it is done by the forward button but if a user simply copies the message and pastes it into another chat, it will not appear with the 'forward; tag.
But if it is taken in a positive note, forwards can be sent to multiple contacts in one go, while copying a message and pasting it to another chat can be done only with one contact at a time. So it will help us know when a message has simply been mass-forwarded.
News24 Bureau With IANS Inputs