Tuesday, April 16, 2024

WhatsApp further restricts the forwarding of messages


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WhatsApp is trying to reduce the spread of false information, and one of the methods the company is implementing is to limit forwarded messages.

On messaging platforms like WhatsApp, misinformation can be abundant while sending and receiving messages that may or may not be accurate. The pressure is definitely on the user, who has to decide if the message is real and if he wants to share it with others.

WhatsApp has been trying for some time to reduce the spread of false information by placing restrictions on forwarded messages and marking messages that have been forwarded many times. Now, according to a WABetaInfo report, WhatsApp seems to be placing additional restrictions on forwarded messages.



According to the latest Android beta version of the app, WhatsApp seems to have set an additional limit on forwarded messages where they can only be sent to one group chat at a time. This does not mean that users cannot forward messages to multiple group conversations, but they will have to do so manually instead of selecting all group conversations at once.

The assumption is that by making it harder to forward messages to multiple group conversations at once, users may be discouraged from forwarding messages en masse, which in turn will reduce the spread of misinformation.

It remains to be seen whether this is an effective solution or not, but it is something that could appear in the next WhatsApp update.






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