WhatsApp Launches New Feature to Label Forwarded Messages

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Asharq Al-Awsat -- In an attempt to boost the transparency of the conversation, a new feature added by WhatsApp allows users to know if the message they received was sent by the sender himself or if other users just forwarded it.

The Facebook-owned social networking company said the app would show a clear sign next to the message that a user sent it back to other users after receiving it, according to the German news agency.

By distinguishing messages that have been forwarded, WhatsApp aims to make it easier for users to see whether the message was sent by the sender or someone else passed it.

To use this feature, the user needs to download and install the latest version of WhatsApp, either from the Play Store for Google’s Android devices or from the App Store for Apple’s iOS devices.

WhatsApp’s new update came amid intense criticism for facilitating the rapid spread of false reports on kidnaps in India. 

The use of the forward feature has led to many extrajudicial killings in India.