With over 2 billion users worldwide, WhatsApp is the most popular instant messaging platform on the planet. Recently, WhatsApp announced that they are limiting users to send forward messages. The new limit only allows its users to forward a message to one person at a time. This is done so as to fight against the spread of fake news in platforms like WhatsApp.
Thousands of fake news about Coronavirus and other conspiracy theories are being shared on WhatsApp by a lot of people. To stop this, WhatsApp has finally taken an action by limiting the forward limit to just one person. Ever since the outbreak of Coronavirus, the number of forwarding messages starts increasing and keeps rising every single day.
In an official blog post, WhatsApp stated, “a significant increase in the amount of forwarding which users have told us can feel overwhelming and can contribute to the spread of misinformation. We believe it’s important to slow the spread of these messages down to keep WhatsApp a place for personal conversation”.
Furthermore, WhatsApp is already working with more than 20+ NGOs and Governments to help people by providing accurate information. This also includes the World Health Organisation (WHO) as well.
Recently, WhatsApp also limited the duration of video status from 30 seconds to 15 seconds to reduce the server load. Since a lot of people are at home they tend to upload more status videos resulting in a high spike in the bandwidth usage. Several other companies like Google News, Facebook, MyJio app, etc have started a dedicated Coronavirus information hub to spread accurate news with all users. Users are advised to visit authentic sources to get new updates regarding Coronavirus.
As per the company, the new restriction will help to reduce the sharing of fake news by at least 25%. In an attempt to reduce the spread of fake news, WhatsApp started labeling messages with the forward tag wayback in 2018.