WhatsApp to restrict number of times a media file can be forwarded


With a view to check the spread of spam and misinformation on the platform, the WhatsApp is now planning to limit the forwarding limit on all messages, videos, photos which are shared.

WhatsApp will test a lower limit of five chats at once and then remove the quick forward button next to the media (audio, pictures, videos) messages.  It means that if a media message is forwarded five times from the same account, then after the limit is crossed, WhatsApp will disable the option for forwarding it further.

This comes at a time when social media platforms are under scrutiny over mob violence and lynching reports after misleading videos went viral on the platform, which has eventually lead to violence in the country.

According to WhatsApp, this will ensure that the platform remains a private messaging app, and also stops misinformation from spreading.

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