In Efforts to Curb Fake News In India, WhatsApp is trying various ways & now WhatsApp limits message forwarding in India.
Under pressure from the Indian government to effectively handle the menace of rumors and fake news on its platform. It has announce series of measures to curtail mass forwarding of messages, images & videos. Only few years ago WhatsApp added a feature to let people forward a message to multiple chats.
WhatsApp has also started Forward label to identify the Forwarded Messages.
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In a statement on Friday, WhatsApp said it is launching a test to limit forwarding on WhatsApp.
Ministry of electronics and IT (MEITY) had sent out a stern warning to WhatsApp earlier this month also.
Asking the WhatsApp to immediately stop the spread of “irresponsible and explosive messages filled with rumors and provocation” on it.
WhatsApp has also responded to the government letter saying that it will use a mix of technology along with new features to identify forwarded messages. It will also work with fact checkers as well as academia to address the issue.
Full Statement from WhatsApp on WhatsApp Limits Message Forwarding in India
We built WhatsApp as a private messaging app – a simple, secure, and reliable way to communicate with friends and family. And as we’ve added new features, we’ve been careful to try and keep that feeling of intimacy, which people say they love.
A few years back we added a feature to WhatsApp that lets you forward a message to multiple chats at once.
Today, we’re launching a test to limit forwarding that will apply to everyone using 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.
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.
We are deeply committed to your safety and privacy which is why WhatsApp is end-to-end encrypted, and we’ll continue to improve our app with features like this one.WhatsApp