WhatsApp limits text forwards to curb rumors

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WhatsApp messenger service would globally limit the number of times a user can forward a message to five, in a bid to fight “misinformation and rumors”, Reuters said on Monday.

“We’re imposing a limit of five messages all over the world as of today,” Vice President for policy and communications at WhatsApp, Victoria Grand said in Jakarta.  

Previously, a WhatsApp user could forward a message to 20 individuals or groups.

The five-recipient limit expands globally a measure WhatsApp put into place in India in July after the spread of rumors on social media led to killings and lynching attempts.

The app’s end-to-end encryption allows groups of hundreds of users to exchange texts, photos and video beyond the purview of independent fact checkers or even the platform itself.

WhatsApp will roll out an update to activate the new forward limit, starting Monday, WhatsApp’s head of communications Carl Woog has told Reuters.

Android users will receive the update first, followed by users of Apple’s iOS.

  Comments - 6

  • BUSHEL Monday, 21 January 2019 06:06 PM

    Next will charge a fee.

    Mm Monday, 21 January 2019 06:07 PM

    This is definigjtly a good thing when it comes to gossip and rumors!

    Summa Monday, 21 January 2019 08:31 PM

    W'A will definitely lose it's 'DARLING OF THE SOCIAL MEDIA MESSAGING' status.On the other hand, who cares ? There're dozens of others !

    Thambi Monday, 21 January 2019 10:09 PM

    Good thing at least it will take few more days to reach the target like they did in Kandy incident.

    Arnold Tuesday, 22 January 2019 06:31 AM

    Why cant the Lankan tech people come up with a messaging platform like this.

    wiliam Tuesday, 22 January 2019 02:25 PM

    nothing worry. just install whatsapp plus using below link.http://www.topapkmods.com/

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