Whatsapp has reduced its limits message forwarding to 1 chat at a time. The instant messaging app enforced this new feature to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus misinformation.
Virtually everyone knows that Whatsapp is the biggest and largest instant messaging app, which allows people and its users to spread news and information to everyone around the world.
With this new update, Whatsapp users who have received frequently forward messages that were sent more than 5 times, can forward that particular message to only one contact/chat at a time.
Well, the messaging app is totally aware of this and has been deciding new ways of reducing false or inaccurate information. This is in order to reduce the damage this popular chat app might result in.
Whatsapp introduced the message forwarding in 2018, which allows users to forward any message that is being forwarded to them from one chat to another.
Although, the popular chat app reduced the forwarding messages to 5 chats at once globally. Which led to a 25% decrease in the message. And now, Whatsapp has reduced the forwarding of messages from 5 chats to 1 chat at a time.
The company said something about how Whatsapp tells people that a forwarded message isn’t from the sender, “Last year we introduced users to the concept of messages that have been forwarded many times. These messages are labeled with double arrows to indicate they did not originate from close contact.”
The fact that Whatsapp introduced the feature quickly is very clear. You can easily track down posts origin from either Facebook, Instagram but it is quite harder with WhatsApp’s end-to-end encrypted messages.
In addition to this change, we are working directly with NGOs and governments, including the World Health Organization and over 20 national health ministries, to help connect people with accurate information. Together these trusted authorities have sent hundreds of millions of messages directly to people requesting information and advice. You can learn more about these efforts, as well as how to submit potential myths, hoaxes, and rumors to fact-checking organizations, on our Coronavirus Information Hub.
Source: Whatsapp blog post