With the aim of limiting the spread of fake news and misinformation about COVID-19 via social media platforms, WhatsApp on Tuesday reduced the limit of frequently forwarded messages to one chat at a time. This comes as an update to the current limit that allows users to send messages up to five times, but as noted above, applies only to repeated messages that are the first five times or more forward. The company’s move helps reduce misinformation during coronavirus outbreaks that have been affecting people worldwide.
Since many people are living at home due to the spread of coronavirus and the lockdown forward imposed in many countries including India has reached a new level. The company also mentions that it has grown significantly in forwarding messages that are welcomed by users and contributing to the spread of misinformation.
This update does not mean that users will not be able to forward a repeatedly forwarded message to multiple users. They can still copy a message and paste it into the textbox of various chats.
This being said, the change is a welcome move as it will certainly have some impact on the spread of fake news, which is quite common on instant messaging platforms, with its globally expanded user base of over two billion users. More than 400 million users are from India only
In addition, the company is working with the World Health Organization (WHO) and 20 governments around the world to provide people with accurate information about COVID-19.