Whatsapp is Working on Image Search to Fight Fake News


WhatsApp is a large forum with over 1.5 billion users and they share a lot of content on the messaging social network. Some of the content shared on the platform is usually false and it is difficult t verify some of it.

One of the ways to fight fake news, especially if it is in picture form is by searching the image on Google. This is easily done on Chrome where you can identify where the photo came from.

It seems now WhatsApp wants to implement such an idea on the platform thanks to a report by WABetaInfo.

According to the site, WhatsApp is developing a new feature that will allow you to search an image on the web that you sent or received in your chats. This is currently being tested and it is not available yet for the beta users or the general public.

In this system, when you select on an image, tap on the options tab and you’ll see search image. When you tap search image, WhatsApp will alert you that the photo will be uploaded to Google. When it is done uploading, WhatsApp will open the browser to show you the results.

This is particularly useful since it will allow people to verify photos that they receive on WhatsApp. The current system of downloading the suspicious photo, then uploading it to images.google.com is tedious. This will be a godsend to those people that want to verify information like photos that have been sent to their chats by other people.