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WhatsApp Testing Feature to Stop ‘Frequently Forwarded’ Messages

Currently, WhatsApp has limited the forwards to a maximum of five in India

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In a bid to minimize fake news on its platform, WhatsApp is now testing a new feature within its Groups Settings to help users stop sending “Frequently Forwarded” messages.

The Facebook-owned platform is already working on two features that will help its over 1.5 billion users know how many times a message has been forwarded.

The “Forwarding Info” and “Frequently Forwarded” features are not available yet but WhatsApp is working on these features in its Beta update for Android, said wabetainfo.com that tracks WhatsApp updates.

Now, in the “2.19.97 beta update, WhatsApp is testing a new feature in groups that allows to choose to stop sending Frequently Forwarded Messages in the group,” it said.

The option will be available in Group Settings and only administrators can see and edit it.

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WhatsApp on a smartphone device. Pixabay

When the feature is enabled, nobody will be able to send a Frequently Forwarded message in the group.

A user can copy the Frequently Forwarded message and send it as a new message but this will slow the process.

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A message is Frequently Forwarded when it has been forwarded more than four times.

Currently, WhatsApp has limited the forwards to a maximum of five in India. (IANS)

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Whatsapp Releases a New Beta with Many Tweaks

Bug fix, new skin for select emojis in latest WhatsApp beta

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WhatsApp has released a new beta that brings in a number of tweaks. Pixabay

Facebook-owned WhatsApp has released a new beta that brings in a number of tweaks, includung a fix for a serious bug that caused the last version of WhatsApp beta for Android to crash for many users.

The flaw in version 2.19.335 has seemingly been fixed in the latest update, along with other changes such as new skin tones for select emojis, according to WABetaInfo, a fan website that tracks WhatsApp updates.

“Fortunately the 2.19.366 beta update is finally available on the Play Store (if you don’t see it yet, please wait 30 minutes and it will be ready to be downloaded) that fixes the crash issue and all other bugs,” WABetaInfo posted on its website on Friday.

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Whatsapp’s new beta version has added new skins for 6 emojis. Pixabay

“WhatsApp has added new skins for 6 emojis,” it added.

Meanwhile, WhatsApp has become the latest Voice over Internet Protocol services provider to support call waiting feature even as the company has skipped adding call holding for now, a report said last week.

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Earlier, when somebody would try to call you on WhatsApp while you were already on the phone, they would hear it ring, but, no one would answer. The call would then get disconnected.

Call waiting is available in v2.19.352 stable (APK Mirror) and above of WhatsApp, and v2.19.128 (APK Mirror) of WhatsApp Business, the report added. (IANS)