The spread of fake news remains a constant problem for WhatsApp and the Facebook-owned company continues to take several steps in order to combat it. Now, a new discovery has revealed that the company is developing a new feature which will enable users to identify whether an image that they have received is fake or not.
A “search by image” tool has been discovered in update 2.19.73 of WhatsApp. This feature will allow users to upload a received image directly to Google so that they can find “similar or equal” images on the internet. You can already do a reverse image search on Google so this tool is essential for a platform like WhatsApp.
This will hopefully enable users to check the legitimacy of images they receive on WhatsApp. This feature hasn’t been enabled in the app yet and the company hasn’t said when it plans on doing so. Since it has been developed, it may be officially rolled out to WhatsApp users in the coming weeks. An easy and quick reverse image search feature in WhatsApp will certainly come in handy to prevent the spread of misinformation on the world’s biggest cross-platform messaging app.