WhatsApp is testing a new feature that will allow users to report certain messages on the platform. This will be an extension of the existing reporting option that will allow WhatsApp users to report individuals and businesses based on the entire chat. WhatsApp is currently testing the new function with beta testers on Android and iPhone devices. Abusive and spam messages are widespread on WhatsApp, although it has been possible to report senders of such messages for some time.
In a post, the WhatsApp beta tracker WABetaInfo reported that the WhatsApp for iOS beta versions 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199 include the ability to allow users to report certain messages on the platform. It should allow the app to forward only the reported message to WhatsApp and to inform the sender of the message.
WhatsApp has not made any public statements about whether it will read the latest messages from a chat when it is reported on the platform. However, a recent article by ProRepublica suggested some moderation on a human level by the Facebook company in such cases.
Nevertheless, WABetaInfo mentions that the new reporting procedure will differ from the previous one, in which the last five messages are forwarded to WhatsApp when a user reports a user or a company based on their chat.
Gadgets 360 has contacted WhatsApp for a comment on how it is handling the existing reporting feature and will update this section if the company replies.
In the meantime, users of the beta version can see the new one report Option when tap and hold on a specific message. It sits next to the existing one star, answer, Forward, Copy, and Extinguish Options.
In addition to iOS, WABetaInfo has found the function for reporting individual messages, which is available in the latest beta versions of WhatsApp for Android. The feature is said to be available to a large number of beta testers in the WhatsApp for Android beta version 188.8.131.52, although some of the previous version 184.108.40.206 can spot it on their phones as well.
On Android, beta testers can access the new reporting feature by selecting a specific message and then tapping the menu button with the three dots in the top right corner of the screen.
This isn’t the first time WhatsApp has improved its reporting mechanism. WhatsApp has made similar attempts in the past to overcome abuse and spam messages. However, the platform has yet to protect itself from being a good source for abusers and spammers around the world.
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