In a bid to tackle fake news being spread through Whatsapp, the company has decided to limit message forwarding to only five contacts at a time to all users globally.
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According to a press release sent via email, WhatsApp announced
“Starting today, all users on the latest versions of WhatsApp can now forward to only five chats at once, which will help keep WhatsApp focused on private messaging with close contacts.”
The limit which first started in India comes as a reaction to the 25 persons that were reportedly murdered by mobs in connection with fake WhatsApp messages that was spread through WhatsApp.
It has become a norm for some mischief makers to sit and concoct fake WhatsApp messages or fake prediction of imminent danger, then forwarding them to WhatsApp users with a request to share with “20 persons from your contacts.” These messages most times are generally meant to cause false panic.
Meanwhile, WhatsApp has assured users that several measures are being put in place curb the spread of fake messages which include more prominent labels for forwarded messages, and the option to only let administrators post messages in a group.
What do you think of this latest report from WhatsApp?