WhatsApp limits text forwards to five recipients; here is the reason

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WhatsApp limits text forwards to five recipients; here is the reason

In the latest case of social media privacy and security limitations, Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp has announced it will restrict the number of times an individual message can be forwarded.

"[This] will help keep WhatsApp focused on private messaging with close contacts".

While the platform can limit the number of times you can forward a message, it doesn't stop you from downloading a particular image or video, or copying the message and redistributing it to your friends.

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.

The new restrictions come into force globally with immediate effect.

The firm has since launched print, radio and television advertising campaigns to educate users on the dangers of misinformation.

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Both WhatsApp and its parent company, Facebook, have been scrutinised over the past two years for their role in the spread of fake news stories ahead of major elections and other significant events.

The move has been brought in to cut down on the amount of fake messages spread through the app.

The policy is being introduced in an effort to combat "misinformation and rumours", said WhatsApp executives. The messaging app had first rolled out this limit for its users in India a year ago.

WhatsApp will roll out an update to activate the new forward limit, starting on Monday, WhatsApp's head of communications Carl Woog said.

WhatsApp then said it would limit the ability to circulate messages by preventing users from spreading posts to more than five people or groups and removing the quick forward button placed next to messages.

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