Whatsapp to Add a New Restriction on Message Forwarding #Article

WhatsApp recently announced it is setting a cap on message forwarding to reduce the inflow of misinformation on the site.

WhatsApp states:

"Last year we introduced users to the idea of messages that were sent multiple times. Such messages are labeled with double arrows to show that they did not come from close communication. However, such messages are less intimate than standard messages received on WhatsApp. We are now implementing a cap so that such messages can only be sent to a single ch.

Users were initially able to send a message to up to 256 friends at once, but WhatsApp recently restricted the sending of a message to just 5 users at a time. WhatsApp has now started marking messages as 'extremely transmitted' when they are sent to five or more people and you can only send those messages to one person.

Many reports have highlighted WhatsApp as the principal source of misinformation campaigns. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, false news revolved around the system associated with the virus, which means not only fake cures but also amazing 'reality' associated with the virus.

WhatsApp is a popular mass messaging app, particularly in developing regions of the world, and its scope is a cause for concern in this respect. To curb coronavirus, therefore, restricting misinformation on the app is necessary. People need access to accurate information, so they can stay up to date and help protect themselves and those they love.

Facebook has put a lot of effort into fighting false information, but with WhatsApp's end-to - end encryption — which doesn't allow anyone other than the person participating in a conversation to see the content being shared — there's a challenge here.

Forwarding restrictions makes sense , especially during this period, but the pressure from Facebook to minimize misinformation on WhatsApp is changing Facebook's plans to carry out end-to - end encryption for its other messaging services in future.

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