Biznextindia: In a bid to crackdown fake news and misinformation during the time of Coronavirus pandemic, popular instant messaging application WhatsApp on Tuesday said that it would place new limits on forwarding messages.
As per the new limit, users can now send forwarded messages indicated with ‘double arrow’ to one chat at a time.
“We know many users forward helpful information, as well as funny videos, memes, and reflections or prayers they find meaningful. In recent weeks, people have also used WhatsApp to organize public moments of support for frontline health workers. However, we’ve seen 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” WhatsApp said in a press statement.
On July 20, 2018, WhatsApp had reduced the message forward limit to 5 chats in India to check the spread of misinformation and fake news.
The Facebook-owned instant messaging company is also working with WHO and over 20 national health ministries including India to provide accurate information on COVID19 related topics.
“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” it said.