WhatsApp says it is limiting the number of messages that can be forwarded.
This measure is being taken to slow the spread of fake news on COVID-19 a blog post by the messaging app noted on Tuesday.
The instant messaging service revealed that any message that has been forwarded five or more times will now face a new limit that will prevent a user from forwarding it to more than one chat (contact) at a time.
“We know many users forward helpful information, as well as funny videos, memes, and reflections or prayers they find meaningful,” said a spokesperson of the instant messaging platform.
“In recent weeks, people have also used WhatsApp to organize public moments of support for frontline health workers.
“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 a personal conversation.”
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