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WhatsApp set to display spam alert?

The messaging service WhatsApp is set to display an alert whenever consumers receive a message that has been forwarded at least 25 times times.

That is according to WABetaInfo, which has reported that a warning message will feature prominently on the screen, thereby making consumers aware of whether it is potentially spam.

Sadly, the new feature won't be able to totally cut out spam content.

It will, however, make it easier for smartphone users to identify some spam material.

In addition to this new feature, WhatsApp - which is among the world's most popular messaging services - has given its customers advice on spotting spam content and other potentially fraudulent correspondence.

The firm explained: "If you've received spam from a contact, delete the message and do not click on any links or provide personal information. Tell the contact that the message they sent includes spam and point them to this WhatsApp safety page.

"You can also send reports of spam to WhatsApp by contacting us from inside the app."

Meanwhile, WhatsApp recently tested a new feature that only allowed admins post in a group chat.

The feature meant that only a person named as admin in a group was able to compose messages whilst all others were able to just read it.

A beta version turned up the new feature, where a message read: "[Admin name] allowed only admins to send messages to this group."

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