Covid-19: WhatsApp limits Forward messages to one chat at a time

WhatsApp announced on Tuesday that it has placed a limit on the forwarding of messages to the app in a bid to counter misinformation. From today, messages that have been marked as regularly forwarded messages or sent more than five times will now be sent to a single chat at a time.
 

by Niranjani Jesentha Kumari Prabagararaj

Updated: Apr 08, 2020 11:36 IST

Tags: App News Tech
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In a blog statement, WhatsApp said, "We know that many users forward valuable information, as well as funny images, memes and thoughts or prayers that they consider important. People have also used WhatsApp in recent weeks to arrange moments of public support for frontline health workers. We have observed, however, a large rise in the amount of forwarding that users have told us can feel overwhelming and can help spread misinformation. We believe it is important to slow down the spread of these messages so that WhatsApp can remain a place for a personal conversation.

In 2019, WhatsApp labelled messages that were sent with double arrows from one chat to another to let the recipient know that the messages are not original but forwarded. The business also placed "limits on transmitted messages to inhibit virality, which at the time resulted in a 25 percent decline in global message forward." Earlier, users were able to forward a single message to as many as 256 contacts, but later, when the limit was imposed, people were unable to do so.

It's not bad to send messages, of course, but if you don't do it without checking the sources, it can give rise to panicky situations. Some people out of habit, wake up every morning and give their friends and relatives a series of messages without even going into the details of the messages they are forwarding.

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