You can now send messages on Truecaller. Photo: Truecaller blog.

CAPE TOWN – Truecaller, the app that helps users determine whether a call or text is spam has added a chat feature to its Android and iOS app.

"Truecaller Chat, an instant messaging (IM) service to chat with your Truecaller friends and help avoid the spreading of viral fake news. With the aim to make communication safer and to preventing fake news from circulating, the IM platform will allow people to report spam messages and links, ensuring that fake news is not circulated unchecked by our community," the company said in a statement. 

"For example, India has been facing a major law and order problems caused by fake stories especially when they have led to mob lynching and mass hysteria. The Honorable Supreme Court has strongly expressed its stance and has directed social media platforms to take appropriate measures to suppress fake news

"We hope that by introducing Truecaller Chat, this will be a big step towards curbing the problems caused by spam and false information going viral and helping people distinguish misinformation in their daily lives", said Truecaller in a statement.