Big change to how WhatsApp lets you forward messages

Big change to how WhatsApp lets you forward messages

According to Carl Woog, WhatsApp's head of communications, an update of the application will be rolled out beginning Monday for Android users in order to activate the new message forwarding limit.

WhatsApp saw a 25% reduction of forwarded messages being shared on its platform, a WhatsApp spokesperson told PTI.

"WhatsApp carefully evaluated this test and listened to user feedback over a six-month period".

The spread of fake news on WhatsApp, Facebook, and other social media platforms became a focal point of discussion past year.


Reuters reports that WhatsApp will be limiting the number of times a message can be forwarded by a single user.

However, WhatsApp and security experts have said these backdoors would endanger the privacy people have when using these apps and that the backdoors could potentially be exploited by criminals as well.

The announcement comes as Facebook and other social media services continue to face scrutiny over their policing of false information spread on their platforms.

WhatsApp has brought into force a limit on the amount of messages each user can forward on to their contacts.


Prior to the new directive, netizens could forward one message to up to 20 individuals or groups.

However, 256 people can be in a WhatsApp group.

WhatsApp, which has more than a billion daily users, introduced the message limit in India in July following a spate of mob violence and lynchings in that country blamed on misinformation spread on the social network. In addition to technical measures, it launched campaigns there to educate its users about fake messages.

WhatsApp however said its end-to-end encryption policy does not allow for traceability.


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