WhatsApp wants to stop the chains of San Antonio and test spam notices to limit the spread of these messages, which can also have serious consequences.
WhatsApp is testing spam alerts, a new feature that aims to limit the spread of messages from spam in chain letter style, o chain of Saint Anthony and to deal with false virus announcements that spread through its platform.
Stop at the chains of Sant’Antonio on WhatsApp
Two blogs dealing with WhatsApp, Whatsappen.nl and WABetaInfo, report spam alerts and notification messages in the app designed to alert users that they are at risk of sending spam, displaying un warning that underlines how much the message "has been sent many times".
WhatsApp reports spam messages
Similar spam alerts are also displayed on a message sent frequently when received, although the function is described as still being developed and it is not clear if WhatsApp intends to officially launch the function or not.
At the moment, The company has not released official comments regarding any tests relating to the anti-spam function.
Chain of Saint Anthony on WhatsApp: an unstoppable system
The chain messages of Saint Anthony which contain, in the best cases, meaningless statements and which push other WhatsApp users to forward the message to all their contacts to continue to amplify their diffusion, are frequently seen on the platform and at the moment they still seem unstoppable.
The chains of Saint Anthony on WhatsApp have consequences
While some types of Sant’Antonio chains might seem a rather trivial form of false news for which there is not much to worry about, the problem of false rumors that spread like lightning on the WhatsApp platform has been linked to far more serious consequences.
In India, for example, criminal attacks have been reported that have caused deaths and injuries, due to false news spread through WhatsApp.
Religious and caste tensions in India and Burma have also been fueled by false posts spread through social media, as reported recently by the Washington Post.
Last year Facebook posted full-page advertisements in some Indian newspapers, telling people how to spot false news. Intensifying land technical antispam measures on its platforms, in order to slow down the viral diffusion of false news it is certainly a responsible thing to do for the company, given the very real risks associated with the rapid dissemination of disinformation elements.