Worried over WhatsApp?

Chennai: WhatsApp groups are full of forwarded messages and many of them are rumours and fake informations.

While there is no single action that can resolve the complex challenges contributing to misinformation,it is important for users to empower themselves and exercise control to steer clear from any wrong info that they might come across.

Here are some tips for users to ensure that they take control of their safety on WhatsApp.

Forwarded labels: WhatsApp provides a label that highlights when a user receives a message that has been forwarded to them. It recently added a double arrow icon to identify highly forwarded messages such as a chain message. These indicators help people know when a message they have received was not created by the person who sent it.

Group settings: Group privacy setting enables you to control who adds you to a WhatsApp group – enabling you pick and choose which group chats you would like to be a part of. To enable it, go to Settings in your app, then tap Account > Privacy > Groups and select one of three options: ‘Everyone,’ ‘My Contacts,’ or ‘My Contacts Except’.

Block users: When a user blocks another, they can no longer see last seen or if the contact is online. The best part is that they cannot see updates to a contact’s profile photo. Any messages sent to a contact who has blocked you will always show one check mark (message sent), and never show a second check mark (message delivered) and no calls will go through.

Report spam: Just like regular SMS or phone calls, it is possible for other WhatsApp users who have your phone number to contact you. Thus, WhatsApp helps you identify and handle these messages. If encountered with Spam, WhatsApp always advises users to block the sender, disregard the message and delete it.

Fact check news: Poynter Institute’s International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) bot has been built to address the challenge of misinformation, by connecting people with independent fact-checkers in more than 70 countries and also with the largest database of debunked falsehoods related to the new coronavirus.

Two-step verification: Users are advised to use the two-step verification feature as it adds an additional layer of protection by requiring your six-digit PIN when resetting and verifying your WhatsApp account.


NT Bureau