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Whatsapp New Beta Version Inspects Images Shared on App to Verify Legitimacy

The feature would help users understand if a news is real or fake.

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"This information is available for sent messages only, because the user can navigate into Message Info only for messages he sent," the website added. Pixabay

To tackle the spread of fake news via its platform, WhatsApp’s new beta version shows a test feature that would run Google-powered web-checks on images being shared on the app to verify their legitimacy.

Called “Search by Image”, the feature would search an image on the web that a user either sent or received in their chats using official Google application programming interfaces (APIs) to find similar or equal images on the web.

“If you choose to search an image, WhatsApp will alert you that it will be uploaded to Google after which WhatsApp will open the browser to show the results,” WABetaInfo reported on Friday.

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The release and roll out specifications of the features remain unclear as of now. Pixabay

The feature would help users understand if a news is real or fake.

“When you receive an image, you can try to search it on the web and read information related to that image on the web,” the report said.

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Apart from this, WhatsApp version 2.19.73 beta update also adds emojis natively on the app keyboard. The release and roll out specifications of the features remain unclear as of now.

WhatsApp is also testing an in-app browser on the platform to allow users to open links within the platform itself.  (IANS)

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WhatsApp Beta Not Allowing Users to Save Profile Pictures

Details about the public roll-out of the feature remain unknown as of now

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FILE - The WhatsApp app logo is seen on a smartphone in this picture illustration. VOA

In its latest Android beta update, Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp is not allowing users to save profile pictures of individuals on their devices, the media reported.

“WhatsApp has removed the possibility to save profile pictures in latest Android beta updates and WhatsApp Business beta for iOS 2.19.60.5,” web portal WABetaInfo tweeted on Wednesday.

The feature was first spotted by an India-based beta tester of the app who tweeted to WABetaInfo inquiring about the update.

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WhatsApp on a smartphone device. Pixabay

“In the latest beta version 2.19.319, the option to save profile pictures is no longer there. It is only there for groups. Please confirm if this is a bug or it is going to remain that way? (Android 9)” Swarup Mondal tweeted.

On reading into the beta feature, WABetaInfo confirmed that WhatsApp was, in fact, still allowing people to save group icons.

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Details about the public roll-out of the feature remain unknown as of now.

Earlier in April, the instant messaging app was testing an ‘Authentication’ feature which would bar users from taking screenshots of their private conversations. (IANS)