Popular messaging platform, WhatsApp is looking to curb the spread of fake news amid the coronavirus outbreak by imposing a strict new limit on message forwarding. Henceforth, anyone who plans to forward a message that has been detected as “highly forwarded” will only be allowed to send it to one contact.
If you are not aware, a highly forwarded message is a media that has been sent via a chain of five or more contacts. This is not the first time WhatsApp has initiated a limit like this, last year, the platform also decreased the number of immediate forwarding contacts to 5 as well.
WhatsApp had this to say in a recent blog post, “We know many users forward helpful information, as well as funny videos, memes, and reflections or prayers they find meaningful. In recent weeks, people have also used WhatsApp to organize public moments of support for frontline health workers.”
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“However, we’ve seen a significant increase in the amount of forwarding which users have told us can feel overwhelming and can contribute to the spread of misinformation. We believe it’s important to slow the spread of these messages down to keep WhatsApp a place for personal conversation.”