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WhatsApp Pilots ‘Search the Web’ Tool for Fact-Checking Forwarded Messages

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WhatsApp is piloting a new feature meant to support fact-checking of in-app messages by searching their contents on the web, the company announced this week.

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Beginning Monday, the Facebook-owned messaging app began testing a tool that will stamp a magnifying glass next to forwarded messages, which also bear the previously introduced double arrow indicator. By clicking on the magnifying glass icon, users within a thread will be asked whether they want to search on Google for the message’s contents and find news and information related to that topic. According to a blog post on the tool, the “feature works by allowing users to upload the message via their browser without WhatsApp ever seeing the message itself.”

The idea is to allow users a quick and easy way to get information about messages that are being heavily shared. The double-arrow forwarding icon appears on messages that have been shared through a series of five or more chats. While these types of messages can only be shared to a single chat at once—which the company says is supposed to help curb viral misinformation—that’s not really enough of a safeguard against the message being shared widely.

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Social media is pretty much a garbage chute of misinformation no matter where you go—look no further than your own Facebook feed to behold the slow erosion of critical thought. But this issue is particularly bad on WhatsApp, whose forwarding functionality has been abused for misinformation and propaganda campaigns. This new tool still places the responsibility squarely on the shoulders of its users to suss out bad information on their own, but it does make doing so a slightly easier process.

WhatsApp says its “search the web” tool is currently being piloted for WhatsApp’s web as well as iOS and Android apps in Brazil, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Spain, the UK, and the U.S.

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It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

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