In July, WhatsApp finally joined the fight against fake news. The initiative, which aims to reduce the proliferation of fake news, consists of awarding scholarships to find alternatives to the problem. The app's developers are also looking for other measures, such as the tool to alert when a link received is suspicious.
The mysterious case of Momo on WhatsApp, a Japanese profile that scared parents and children, also drew attention in that month. In addition, flaws and tips were highlighted in the TechTudo. Check, in the following lines, the summary of the messenger in July.
WhatsApp joined the fray to fight fake news and scams Photo: Thssius Veloso / TechTudo
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Fighting news falsification
After controversies caused by the spread of rumors, WhatsApp announced 20 scholarships of US $ 50 thousand (about R $ 195 thousand in direct conversion) for researchers to promote solutions without jeopardizing the users' privacy. The measure comes as the messenger's first step in tackling the problem. Among the main focuses are counterfeits involving health and elections.
Also in order to prevent scams, the messenger started to indicate when a message was forwarded from one chat to another, which can be avoided with a simple tip. Another initiative is the limit on the transfer of texts and images for up to 20 chats after cases of violence in India. In the past few months, more than 20 people have been killed after rumors spread across WhatsApp.
Another novelty is the function that should warn when a suspicious link. Still in tests, the tool analyzes the address of shared links and applies a red stripe if the content is possibly malicious.
WhatsApp prepares tool that detects suspicious links sent in the messenger Photo: Reproduo / WABetaInfo
Momo, a scary figure that caught the eye on the Internet, a mysterious profile that would be talking to users of the messenger. It is a contact disseminated by a chain, with a number from Japan (+81), with suspicion of the safety risks of children and adolescents. O TechTudo got in touch with the assigned Momo numbers, however, we haven't gotten any answers yet.
Sculpture in Japan served as the basis for the profile photo of the character Momo Photo: Reproduction / Internet
Users complained about a bug in the reproduction of audio on WhatsApp. With greater incidence in WhatsApp Beta, the fault issued the warning Sorry, this file does not exist on your device after playing the received or sent voice messages. O TechTudo it also provides tips for converting audio and for discovering possible causes and solutions of the problem.
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Available only for Android, the messenger test version is an option for those who don't like to wait for the new WhatsApp features. New emojis, GIFs, text tools or images, among other news, usually arrive before the version of the app for iPhone (iOS), giving advantage to users of the platform. Learn how to become a new tester in the tutorial.
WhatsApp Beta is only available for Android smartphones Photo: Ana Marques / TechTudo
Tips for not being disturbed
In July, the TechTudo gave some valuable tips for those who want to get rid of inconvenient people on WhatsApp. One was like listening to audio without the sender knowing. The blue check, which appears even when the "last seen" has been deactivated, can be "circumvented" in a simple way, forwarding the content to you even before playing.
The test version of WhatsApp also gained a shortcut to silence conversations through the Android notification center. In the notification itself, a button is displayed just below the messages when someone or group sends more than 51 messages.
Other tips, such as silencing contacts, leaving several groups at the same time, among others, can also be seen in our tutorial on how to get rid of inconvenient people on WhatsApp.
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How to notify mobile number change
IPhone users (iOS) now have the possibility to send a notice to their contacts about the number change. The feature, which already existed in the Beta version of Messenger for Android, is useful for your friends to update your phone in their calendar. To test, I need to have the latest version of the app.
WhatsApp for iPhone: it is possible to notify the mobile phone number change by the messenger Photo: Helito Bijora / TechTudo
Dual Messenger, a tool for Samsung Galaxy phones, allows you to install two accounts for messaging applications and social networks simultaneously. The feature is very simple and you can check all the steps in our tutorial. In addition to WhatsApp, the same process applies to other compatible apps, such as Facebook Messenger and Snapchat, for example.
Samsung phones can install two WhatsApp accounts at the same time Photo: Luciana Maline / TechTudo
WhatsApp on any screen
The Flychat app, available only for Android, is a software that allows users to use various messengers, including WhatsApp, from any screen of their mobile phone. As with Facebook Messenger, which displays a small floating icon when notifications are received, the program creates a window that overlaps other apps. That way, you can reply and read messages without interrupting what you are currently doing.
Flychat allows you to use WhatsApp without leaving other apps Photo: Raquel Freire / TechTudo
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