In another step to limit the spread of fake news and hoaxes, widely used messaging platform WhatsApp is preparing to launch a ‘reverse image search’ feature which will allow the user to check if the image received is genuine or doctored.
With Lok Sabha elections just around the corner, social media giants have come under the scanner and have been asked to implement measures that would stop the circulation of fake news on social networking apps
According to a report by a WABetainfo, WhatsApp beta 2.19.73 update for Android has been spotted with a ‘Search image’ feature which will take a user to Google in order to search for similar images as the one which a user may have received in a WhatsApp chat. WABetaInfo mentions that the new feature isn’t yet available, though the screenshots do suggest it is being tested on Android at the moment. The feature might use Google APIs to operate it will also need to upload the image to Google from the WhatsApp chat as well.
This new feature of WhatsAPP will be very beneficial for those users who use to read news through this App, as elections are approaching and possibilities are that the images which are being exchanged while chatting may not be genuine. So, this new feature will help you understand if the news is fake or genuine.
When you receive an image, you can try to search it on the web using this feature which helps you in discovering the authenticity of the image by reading its info on the web.
Apart from this, the WhatsApp beta 2.19.73 update for Android reportedly brings transgender emojis as well. WABetainfo shared a screenshot which showed a transgender flag in flag emojis. The flag comes after the LGBT flag which WhatsApp added to its platform earlier. The transgender flag could be found between the UN flag and the LGBT flag.