WhatsApp to limit message forwarding

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In a few days, you will not be able to forward messages to more than five people or groups on Whats App.

Being the most popular social media platform people have been complaining about forwarded messages being the main way to spread fake news and information to its users.

According to a report by The Guardian, a forwarded message does not reveal the identity of the original source, and this has led to unaccountably, and spiteful messages have spread virally to influence people negatively. It also stated that India has the highest forwarding rates in the world. The country alone has 200 million Whats App users. It recently experienced mob killings which were linked with the forwarding of messages using Whats App.

We settled on five because we believe this is a reasonable number to reach close friends while helping prevent abuse,” Carl Woog, Head of Communications at Whats App said in a press meeting at Jakarta on Monday.

The company explained that as much as a forwarded message is marked as forwarded in a light text on top, you cannot know the original person who sent it.

“(This) strips away the identity of the sender and allows messages to spread virally with little accountability,” the WhatsApp report reads

 

Social media platforms which have restrictions already are: Twitter, which introduced a regulation where offensive messages are hidden and the account of the source is suspended for a certain period of time.