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WhatsApp to stop Indian users from bulk forwarding messages

Jul 20, 2018 17:42 IST
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Instant messaging service WhatsApp has said it will limit the use of forwarded messages to up to five chats in a bid to curb the spread of misinformation and fake news in India, its largest markets. “Today, we’re launching a test to limit forwarding on WhatsApp. In India — where people forward more messages, photos, and videos, than any other country in the world — we’ll also test a lower limit of 5 chats at once and we’ll remove the quick forward button next to media messages,” the company said in an email on Friday morning. “We believe that these changes – which we’ll continue to evaluate – will help keep WhatsApp the way it was designed to be: A private messaging app,” it added. WhatsApp’s latest features come after the Facebook-owned messaging app introduced a new label on 11 July to help users identify whether a message has been written by the sender or simply forwarded. It also plans to create a system for preventing the spread of fake news and provocative texts in consultation with academic experts and law-enforcement agents, it had said in its earlier statement.