WhatsApp Viral Message Forwarding Drops 70% After Setting New Limits to Curb Coronavirus Misinformation
According to a fresh report from TechCrunch, the spread of “highly forwarded” messages on WhatsApp has dropped by 70 percent after the company imposed some new forwarding limits. These new limits were set on WhatsApp at the beginning of April in response to the spread of coronavirus-related misinformation on the service.
According to the new limits, if a message has already been forwarded by five or more people then it can only be forwarded to a single person or group. Still, WhatsApp users have the option of manually forwarding a message to multiple people or groups. But, this limit has been worked as it was expected and as a result, a whopping 70% drop has been recorded in forwarding viral messages.
Well, it’s still unknown how many of these messages were spreading misinformation that WhatsApp is trying to halt against useful advice. Since the beginning of the pandemic, WhatsApp has faced intense scrutiny about the role of its service in spreading misinformation during the pandemic. And so, WhatsApp has no choice but to impose some limits to stop people from sharing false information via its platform and stay calm during the corona pandemic.
“We’ve seen a significant increase in the amount of forwarding which users have told us can feel overwhelming and can contribute to the spread of misinformation,” the company said when it announced the new measures. “We believe it’s important to slow the spread of these messages down to keep WhatsApp a place for a personal conversation.”
Well, this is not the first time that WhatsApp has introduced changes to help slow the spread of misinformation. Earlier in 2018, the messaging giant has started labeling forwarded messages to let users know that the message you received has been sent by another user instead of the sender at the other end.
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