WhatsApp, messaging service has now generally limited the number of times a user will be able to forward a message to people. Under the new rules, WhatsApp users will be blocked from forwarding messages to more than five individuals or groups.
Many messaging services are now being promoted globally to prevent the spread of erroneous messages. In order to fight against “misinformation and rumors,” the policy was announced by Victoria Grande, the company’s vice president of policy and communications, in Jakarta on Monday
”We are imposing a limit of five messages worldwide today,” said Victoria Grand, at an event in the Indonesian capital.
Earlier, a user was allowed to forward a message to 20 people or groups. The five-recipient limit worldwide is the extended measure of an implementation done by WhatsApp in India in July 2018 after the rumors increased on social media led to killings and lynching attempts. At that same time, more limitations on 20 recipients were also implemented globally.
The service, which has about 1.5 billion users, is trying to find a way to stop the misuse of the application, though the platform was used to circulate false information, manipulated photos as well as videos and audio cons, with no way to supervise their source or reach because it’s beyond the control of independent fact checkers or even the platform itself.
Texts and other messages that have been forwarded to new recipients are marked as being forwarded in light gray text, but otherwise appear to be indistinguishable from the original message sent by the contact. Critics say the design “deprives the sender of the identity and allows the message to spread with little responsibility.”
The Facebook owned messaging service will give an update to activate the new transfer limit, starting from Monday, as WhatsApp Communications Manager Carl Woog told Reuters. The Android users will be offered the new update first then followed by iOS users from Apple.