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7 Apr 2020

WhatsApp Places Limits On Message Forwarding To Curtail Spead Of Fake News

WhatsApp,on Tuesday confirmed that
new limits has been placed on message forwarding as part of an effort
to curb the spread of misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic.

The new policy limits users to
forwarding certain messages
to one "chat" at a time,
aiming to limit the rapid
propagation of content which
is provocative but likely to be false. The Facebook-owned
messaging platform said it
took the action to enable
people to concentrate on
personal and private
communications during the health crisis. In recent weeks, "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,"

WhatsApp
said in a blog post. "We believe it's important to
slow the spread of these
messages down to keep
WhatsApp a place for
personal conversation." Last year, WhatsApp set
limits on forwarded
messages to five chats at a
time, "to constrain virality,"
responding to events in India
where the rapid proliferation of unverified information led
to mob violence.

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