WhatsApp is adding new restrictions in India to decrease rumours

  • WhatsApp is restricting the ability of users worldwide to forward messages as viral hoaxes on its platform continue to be blamed for a spate of mob violence
  • It currently allows users to forward messages simultaneously to as many people and groups as they want.
  • In India — people forward more messages, photos, and videos than any other country in the world
  • WhatsApp mentions that users in its biggest market, India, will see a limit of five chats at once.
  • So users shall be able to forward message to maximum 5 people at once.
  • Also, they are figuring out to remove quick forward button to add friction to the forwarding attitude.
  • It has recently started labelling forwarded message to reduce hoax message impact.

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