WhatsApp is testing a new feature Suspicious Link Detection that helps users detect suspicious links and spam posts that are sent on WhatsApp.
After a series of disastrous incidents over the spread of misinformation, WhatsApp is now testing a new feature to resolve the problem on its platform which has over 1 billion active monthly users. The feature was first spotted by WABetaInfo in the beta version 2.18.204 of WhatsApp for Android users. The feature will help users in recognizing suspicious links which are both sent and received by automatically detecting whether the URL leads to a fake/malicious website or not.
The app will immediately highlight the spam posts in red color. The link will come with a warning that reads, “This link contains usual characters. It may be trying to appear as another site.” And if the user still wants to open the post, WhatsApp will once again send a notification about the mischievous nature of the app and reconfirm it if the user wants to continue it anyways. The good thing is that the app analyzes the link “locally” which means WhatsApp does not transmit any data to server ensuring that company takes care of the encryption of the messages.
Currently, this feature is under the development stage and is part of 2.18.204 beta version on Google Play Store. However, there are no words from WhatsApp about the official release of the feature.