In order to cut down the ratio of spreading fake news and spam, WhatsApp recently added labels in the message that indicate when a message has been forwarded. Now the company is agonizing that strategy and limits the message forwarding in groups.
Originally, users could forward messages on multiple groups at a time (limit 250 chats), but Now WhatsApp has launched a test to limit message forwarding. In India, which is the largest WhatsApp market with 200 million users, the limit of message forwarding is 5, and for rest of the world, it is 20. Additionally, company says that we will remove the quick forward option from the media content.
We believe that these changes which we’ll continue to evaluate will help keep WhatsApp the way it was designed to be: a private messaging app.
WhatsApp says in a blog post
The forwarding limit on WhatsApp is designed to come over the issue of spreading fake news over the internet.
The BBC recently wrote about an incident which saw one man dead and two others severely beaten after rumors of their efforts to abduct children from a village spread on WhatsApp. Reportedly 17 other people have been killed in the past year under similar circumstances, with police saying false rumors had spread via WhatsApp.
In response to these rumors, WhatsApp published full-page newspaper ads in India to alert country users about the fake information sharing on its platform.