WhatsApp’s search image feature will enable the user to verify any received image on the messaging platform by uploading it directly to Google.
- WhatsApp is testing a new search image feature.
- It will allow users to verify if the image they sent or received is real or fake.
- The feature is not available yet for the public.
You have received a suspicious image in one of those chat groups on WhatsApp. You doubt the authenticity of the image but don’t know how to check it. WhatsApp is going to arm you with a new feature called “search image”. This will enable the user to verify any received image on the messaging platform by uploading it directly to Google. The feature is not available yet for the public. According to WABetaInfo, the Facebook-owned messaging application is currently testing this new feature on WhatsApp Beta build for Android.
With general election 2019 round the corner, this new feature is expected to act as a potent deterrent against the spread of fake news via images on WhatsApp.
When an user receives an unsolicited image on WhatsApp, he or she needs to tap on the three-dot menu button on the image which would give an option of “search image”. By tapping “Search Image” this image will be uploaded to Google to reveal similar or equal images on the web. This would help a person to judge the authenticity or origin of the image better.
With over a billion active users worldwide WhatsApp’s biggest market is India with more than 200 million users. But rather than coming up as an effective tool for communication, it is facing flak for turning into a platform for spreading misinformation and rumours. Last year more than 20 people were killed in different mob attacks incited by false information distributed on the messaging platform.
To curb the menace of fake news, WhatsApp has ramped up its effort to dissuade people from misusing it. The restriction over the message forwarding, proactive banning of bots and spam accounts and administrative controls for groups are the new initiatives WhatsApp has taken to tackle the platform’s fake news problem. The latest would be the “search image” feature which is currently at beta stage would enable an user to check the authenticity of a photo on the platform.