WhatsApp is used by virtually everyone with internet access to a smartphone all over the world, It’s arguably the most popular communication tool. ‘To whom much is given, much is expected’, there is no surprise there is an increase in fake news and messages on the Facebook-owned platform. In an attempt to tackle this, the company has decided to limit the number of forwarded messages a user can send at once.
Back in August 2018, BBC reported about not less than 25 people were killed in India after being linked with spreading false news. As WhatsApp fake news spreads like wildfire, the company has now limited the number of forwarded messages to only 5 contacts or groups at once.
Android Authority reports an email press release was issued by the company with an excerpt stating, “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,”
WhatsApp says it is working on new ways to tackle hoax news and viral contents. Last year, it added forwarded tags to messages forward and it also added the option letting only administrators post messages in group chats.