All social networks and messaging tools have been used as platforms to distribute fake news. Companies have taken various steps — such as introducing fact-checking — to help curb these problems, and now the Facebook-owned WhatsApp is introducing new measures that limit the number of people users can forward a message to.
The company has previously allowed messages to be forwarded to up to 20 people, but now — in a bid to limit the spread of “misinformation and rumors” — this has been reduced to just five.
This is not the first time WhatsApp has imposed stricter limits on message forwarding. Last year, a similar limit was introduced in India, but now the restrictions have been rolled out on a global basis, reports Reuters.
Speaking at an event in the Indonesian capital Jakarta today, Victoria Grand, vice president for policy and communications at WhatsApp said:
We’re imposing a limit of five messages all over the world as of today.
The new restrictions come into force globally with immediate effect.