Now the Facebook owned giant has launched a new feature that will let its users identify the messages that are forwarded.
In recent times, fake messages have incited mob-fury, triggering multiple cases of lynching across parts of India and, in turn, prompted the government to issue a stern warning to the company to clamp down on hoax messages designed to "provoke" and "instigate" people. The government had also made it clear that WhatsApp "cannot evade accountability and responsibility".
Whatsapp said: "Starting today, WhatsApp will indicate which messages you receive have been forwarded to you. This extra context will help make one-on-one and group chats easier to follow. It also helps you determine if your friend or relative wrote the message they sent or if it originally came from someone else.”
It added: "We encourage you to think before sharing messages that were forwarded. As a reminder, you can report spam or block a contact in one tap and can always reach out to WhatsApp directly for help."