Chain letter messaging menace has grown to become a big problem on WhatsApp, where you get those type of messages asking you to forward to as many of your contacts as possible. The worst part of it is that most of the time, the messages are either fake news or contain links trying to get the users to click it and enable black hat hackers to steal users information or embed an exploit in users’ devices.
Security experts at Facebook (the owner of WhatsApp) are reportedly working on a mechanism to check and perhaps stop completely chain letter messaging on the platform. According to two WhatsApp blog sites, WABetainfo and Whatsahappen.ni, WhatsApp will introduce a warning mechanism letting the user know the message they have received or about to forward has been shared multiple times before.
While the said anti-chain letter mechanism doesn’t verify if the message if fake or otherwise (nor safe or not). It does give the user enough caution that the message they have received has been shared multiple times before, and fits to be considered viral and possibly fake or harmful …read more
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