Why WhatsApp Will Limit Text Forwards To Five Recipients


In a bid to fight “misinformation and rumours”, WhatsApp messenger service is limiting the number of times a user can forward a message to five recipients, according to Reuters.

Previously, a WhatsApp user could forward a message to 20 individuals or groups.

WhatsApp will roll out an update to activate the new forward limit, starting Monday, WhatsApp’s head of communications Carl Woog told Reuters.

WhatsApp, which has around 1.5 billion users, has been trying to find ways to stop misuse of the app, following global concern that the platform was being used to spread fake news, manipulated photos, videos without context, and audio hoaxes, with no way to monitor their origin or full reach.

For more read: Facebook’s WhatsApp limits text forwards to five recipients to curb rumours


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