WhatsApp limits message forwarding to five users

To tackle spread of fake news on its platform, instant messaging application WhatsApp on Thursday announced that users can forward messages to only five people at a time, The Hindu reported.

WhatsApp had said that it was testing a forwarding limit that will apply to all users. “In India – where people forward more messages, photos, and videos than any other country in the world – we’ll also test a lower limit of 5 chats at once and we’ll remove the quick forward button next to media messages,” the private messaging app said in a blog post.

The Facebook-owned application believes that these changes will help keep WhatsApp the way it was designed to be: a private messaging app.

The messages on the platform are said to be end-to-end encrypted. Recently on July 10, WhatsApp started indicating with a label, whether messages a user receives were forwarded from someone. This new update is in addition to the changes made to forwarding, in an attempt to manage fake news and spread of rumours.

 

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