Messaging App WhatsApp Limits Message Forwarding In Order To Fight Against “Fake News”
WHATSAPP – To reduce and fight “fake news”, a messaging app called “WhatsApp” decided on Monday to reduce the limit of forwarding messages.
WhatsApp is a well-known mobile messaging app that is currently owned by Facebook. In early 2018 it had more than 1.5 billion users who exchanged 65 billion messages per day.
In July last year, the app deployed protective measures in India, which included the limit of the number of users of whom the message can be forwarded.
According to PhilStar, the company behind the app also spread newspaper ads warning citizens of fake news followed up with threats by the Indian government. This happened right after an angry mob killed 20 individuals who were involved in child kidnapping and other crimes which went viral and circulated in WhatsApp messages.
Thus, the app recently announced that it extended its restrictions to all users who came after a six-month review of user feedback.
“The forward limit significantly reduced forwarded messages around the world,”A statement from the company citing about a test run of the forwarding limit.
The statement further said that all users on the latest version can now forward to only five chats at once, which will help keep the app focused on private messaging with close contacts.
“We’ll continue to listen to user feedback about their experience, and over time, look for new ways of addressing viral content,”A statement from the company
As per the report, the app usually enables users to forward messages up to 20 times.
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