WhatsApp is Limiting Message Forwarding to Curb Misinformation

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WhatsApp is now going to limit forwarding messages to only five times, in an attempt to reduce misinformation and fake news. This isn’t the first time we’re seeing WhatsApp take such steps. The five-time forwarding limit is implementing across the world starting today.

Fake news can spread like fire on WhatsApp.  People are facing this issue everywhere in the world. In Brazil,  it became a particularly big issue ahead of the country’s presidential elections in October. Bad voting information, conspiracy theories, and false stories about candidates is spreading across the network.

WhatsApp was testing the five-time rule initially in India with the global rollout following today. However, Messages can still be forwarded to groups, with each group including up to 256 people. That means a fake message can reach nearly 1,300 people.

Unlike other social networks, fake messages on WhatsApp spread through encrypted channels. This means can no one could monitor anything. However, with steps like these, we should see a reduction in false message forwarding over WhatsApp

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