CATFISHING could become a thing of the past as WhatsApp is reportedly creating a reverse image searching ability for the app.
The new ‘Search by Image’ feature is not available yet as it is still being tested but people who sign up to be a WhatsApp beta tester may eventually get access to it.
The feature will allow users to click on images they are sent over WhatsApp and search them in Google to verify their source.
This could help to reduce the spread of fake news as well as making it harder for people to catfish others by using images that are not of them.
WhatsApp beta for Android 2.19.73 is said to be the version of the messaging tool being tested for its ability to carry out reverse Google image searches directly from the app.
WhatsApp is using Google Custom Search to give the app search engine capabilities.
However, as the feature is not public available and only reportedly being tested internally, it may never materialise to wide spread WhatsApp users.
There is currently no information available regarding when the feature could go live but signing up to be a WhatsApp beta tester could allow you to know before anyone else.
How to sign up to become a WhatsApp beta tester on your Android
To download WhatsApp beta for yourself you must first open Google Play on your Android phone and find WhatsApp.
Then scroll through the page until you get to the section which states “Become a Beta Tester” section.
Click the “I’m In” button and then tap “Join”.
All that’s left to do then is wait for the next update to the beta version of the app.
Unfortunately for iPhone users, WhatsApp beta is safer and easier to download on an Android and, although it is possible to download for iOS, it is not recommended.
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