Widely used instant messaging platform WhatsApp on Tuesday April 7 said henceforth the users can share messages that are highly forwarded to only one chat at a time to curb fake news on COVID-19.
Earlier, messages at once could be shared in five chats at a time. WhatsApp said, “We know many users forward helpful information, as well as funny videos, memes, and reflections or prayers they find meaningful. 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 personal conversation.”
It further said, “This limit kicks in once a message has been previously forwarded five times or more. This is the latest limit that WhatsApp has set, making us one of the few products that have taken steps to constrain virality and place limits on how people can send messages.”