If you’ve received a link offering a miracle cure for COVID-19, you should know that it’s fake. And yet, so many users just keep forwarding such messages, perhaps with good intentions, but ultimately adding to the confusion and polluting the internet with false information.
Now, WhatsApp has added a new feature, making it easier to check whether a piece of information is accurate. On forwarded messages, users will see a magnifying glass button. Clicking on it will open a Google search query for this information, which should typically resolve any doubts you might have about its accuracy.
WhatsApp points out that doing this uploads the message to the phone’s browser, without revealing the content of the message to WhatsApp.