WhatsApp Begins Rolling Out Search the Web Feature

Users can find related news results on content in messages, other sources of information

Search the Web began rolling out Monday in Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, the U.K. and the U.S - Credit by WhatsApp
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WhatsApp began rolling out a way for users to search the web on messages that have been forwarded several times.

This follows steps the Facebook-owned messaging application took earlier this year to limit the number of times messages can be forwarded, in order to maintain the app’s private nature and curb the spread of misinformation.

WhatsApp said in a blog post Monday that users with access to the feature can tap the magnifying glass icon in their chat, which uploads the message to their browser and enables them to find related news results or other sources of information about the content within.

The new Search the Web feature began rolling out Monday on Android, iOS and web for users in Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, the U.K. and the U.S.

david.cohen@adweek.com David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.
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