One of the most used messaging apps in the world – WhatsApp – has announced that it’s limiting the number of times a user can forward a particular message.
We are aware that in this info-tech age, messaging apps such as WhatsApp is a cheap and fast means of spreading false news. This unfortunate fact, led the Social Media giants to limit worldwide, the number of times a user can forward a message to five times, and this took effect from Monday, 21 January 2019.
The company executives stated that they are doing this to combat “misinformation and rumours”.
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”. She made this statement at an event in the Indonesian capital.
Recall that WhatsApp had deployed a similar measure in India, sometime in July 2018, after the spread of rumours on social media degenerated to attempts on the lives of residents.
The world is concerned that WhatsApp and other social media platforms, are being used to spread false news, videos without context, audio hoaxes, and doctored images. Worse still, there isn’t any sure way to decipher their origin or full reach.