Fight against fake news: WhatsApp restricts forwarding function further

The internet has ensured that it has become much easier to get in touch with people around the world. Unfortunately, the technology can be used with the same ease to massively spread fake news in no time. And not only is fake news annoying, but it can even have dangerous consequences. That is why different platforms are working on measures to prevent the spread of false messages. With WhatsApp this results in a further limitation on how many people you can forward a message.

Additional restrictions in India

According to WhatsApp, India would be the country where more messages are forwarded than in any other country. Unfortunately, this recently had very far-reaching consequences. Forwarded messages called people to track down a pedophile, which led to various lynch games. That is why WhatsApp seems to limit the restriction on the forwarding function in India even further. Previously you could send messages to a maximum of 250 contacts or groups as a user. Nowadays the number of contacts has been reduced to five in India. Also, the icon to quickly send a photo or video to someone is no longer visible.

Forwarding function

In the rest of the world we can forward a message to more than five contacts, but the number is also a lot under 250. We can only forward messages to 20 different contacts or groups. A considerable limitation. Earlier, Whatsapp has also been busy addressing forwarded messages. For example, a label appeared a while ago with the forwarded message, so that people know exactly that it is not a personal message and that the message was probably sent to several people.

Due to the conditions in India, WhatsApp seems to be drastically involved in tweaking the app. In addition, they are also busy with less serious new functions. such as funny stickers to occasionally make your contacts laugh.


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