WhatsApp is working on a new feature that allows you to easily verify forwarded messages. This is coming at a crucial time when so many unverified information about the COVID-19 pandemic is being forwarded across the platform. The Facebook-owned brand accidentally revealed this feature via its own FAQ page.
According to WABetaInfo, a “How to do an internet search on forwarded WhatsApp messages” link appeared on WhatsApp’s FAQ page. Even though the link is no longer directly accessible there, we have the information already.
So how does this work? When you receive a forwarded message on WhatsApp, it will be marked with a double arrow icon. Now, there will also be a search icon available. You can use this search icon to prompt a web search of the message forwarded to you. This will then lead you to pages that will verify/debunk the message.
WhatsApp is still testing this feature. However, we expect it to be made available sooner than later as this is a crucial time. This “internet search on forwarded WhatsApp messages” feature is also expected to come to Android first. The iOS version will come soon after.
Other WhatsApp Features in the Works
Meanwhile, WhatsApp is also reportedly working on some other features. One of them is the Advanced Search feature which allows you to search for any type of media, documents, or links in chats. There is also the Protect Backup feature. This allows you to set a password for your chats backup. If you lose your password, you will not be able to recover your chat history from the backup as the password will not be saved on WhatsApp of Facebook servers. WhatsApp is also working on a tweak to the auto-download feature. Frequently forwarded images, videos, documents, and voice messages will not be automatically downloaded.
However, all of these are still reportedly in the works. For now, we just have to wait and see how these new features pan out in future updates.