WhatsApp to limit sharing of frequently forwarded messages to only one chat at a time. The new limit is aimed at combating spreading of fake news, misinformation amid Coronavirus pandemic.
The company was also spotted offering a feature to let users verify forwarded messages online.
Until 2018, for instance, users had been able to forward a message to 250 groups at once; that was reduced to 20 that year, five in 2019 and one now. WhatsApp said, those measures reduced messages forwarding by 25 percent.
At a time when the whole world is fighting against pandemic, any sort of fake news or misinformation can put mass in danger.
Earlier, WhatsApp announced that it has pledged $ 1million to combat fake news or misinformation regarding the Covid19.
By limiting the forwarded messages to one chat at a time, the facebook owned company wanted to stop the spread of fake news during the Coronavirus outbreak that’s impacting lives worldwide.
This is an appreciated step taking by WhatsApp to limit the widely spreading of forwarded messages because forwarded messages can be particularly more dangerous on WhatsApp where they often come with the implicit approval of a friend or family members, and are rapidly disconnected from their initial context.
And it will also be helpful in reducing the spread of fake news across the world.