Scams, chains, hoaxes … False information init is something with which, with the passage of time, we have become accustomed to living. But that does not mean that the company behind the most used messaging application in the world does not have in mind to try to solve this scourge that WhatsApp drags from its beginnings.
To begin with, just a few weeks ago, the deployment of a new feature began, which consisted in the announcement of messages forwarded on the platform, which would allow us to know if a message was written by the contact with which we are talking, or this has been Forwarded from another chat and therefore could belong to a chain of false messages. And today, from WhatsApp they have wantedto avoid spreading false information .
The tips that WhatsApp gives you so you do not spread false information
Make sure who wrote the original message
Taking advantage of the new option of forwarded messages, WhatsApp encourages everyone to check the accuracy of all messages received that have been forwarded . For this, the most advisable thing is to make sure who wrote the message in the first place, and where the information comes from.
Check the information that does not seem credible
Following the tone of the previous advice, when the information received in a message does not seem credible, It is highly recommended to check with other sources to verify their veracity , before re-sharing the message and disseminating information that could be totally false.
Think twice before sharing annoying information
According to WhatsApp, if a message you have received contains information that bothers you or is harmful to you , you should think twice before sharing it and causing that same sensation to the future recipient.
Check the message for spelling errors
Usually, those messages with false information or that contain hoaxes, usually include spelling mistakes . Although it is not a feature that is repeated in all cases, it can be a good way to check if the message comes from a reliable source.
Verify the images that accompany the messages
The fact that an image accompanies a message does not mean that the information is true. Sometimes, the photographs are taken out of context and stories that have little to do with reality are developed . Therefore, before sharing a message with the world, it is best to verify where the image comes from, and what is the story behind it.
Check the links
In the same way as in the case of images, there are messages with false information that incorporate links, supposedly reliable, but that can be camouflaged through special characters . That is why it is important to check them before accessing them, and above all, before sharing them. Luckily, we know that
Check other sources
If the information you receive in a message has not been reflected in any media, it is probably not true. Before sharing, check on the Internet, and always on reliable sources, if the information contained in the message has been published on other occasions .
Use common sense
It does not make any sense to share information that you think could be false, because the only thing you will achieve is to continue creating confusion among the rest of the users of the platform while spreading information that could be false. If you think something is not true, better not share it.
Get away from bad companies
Thanks to the tools that WhatsApp offers, It is very easy to block a user who frequently spreads false information , or leave groups that bombard you with messages whose information is not contrasted and has all the ballots of not being authentic.
It does not matter how many times you receive a message: the information will remain false
For 7 years , the loophole that ensures that WhatsApp will soon be paid has been circulating around the world. However, that does not mean that it will come true, much less. So, It does not matter how many times you receive the same message with false information; will remain false both the first and the tenth.