In its fight to combat misinformation, hoaxes and false news, WhatsApp is testing a new feature that will show users the number of times a content has been shared.
“Users will only be able to see how many times their message has been forwarded.”
The new feature has not been released yet for all users, but has been found in the latest update of WhatsApp beta, in version 2.19.80. This means that being a test functionality could never be implemented in the stable version of WhatsApp. However, due to its interest, it is most likely that it will arrive to the majority of users.
As shown in the image below, when you click on a message that we have resent you can see a menu in which, along with other information, the number of times it has been forwarded by our contacts will be displayed, which will provide additional information to determine if It is a very viral content or even a hoax.
However, the function will only be available for messages that we have forwarded, so it will not really be useful when determining if a message received is a possible viral content. That is, you can only see how many times your message has been forwarded.
At least, when a message is “very shared”, WhatsApp will indicate it with a small notice also in the traditional chat. The motto of “frequently forwarded” will appear next to the text or image in question. What is not known is what WhatsApp will interpret as a “very shared” message, whether it will set a minimum of forwarding or take into account other variables.
The function provides more information about a message, but users, instead of forwarding a content (something that is limited to five resends) can also copy and paste it without further, so WhatsApp would not be counting those shipments.