In a move to curb fake news and unnecessary forwards, Whatsapp is set to cap the number of forwards to five per Indian user. For rest of the world, it would be reduced to 20 from the 250 forward limit was which present previously, the company mentioned last Thursday.
The creators of Whatsapp also mentioned that they would be experimenting with the removal of quick forward buttons next to media messages for Indian audience. Today, we’re launching a test to limit forwarding that will apply to everyone using WhatsApp,” the company said in a blog post on Thursday, reported The Hindu.
Earlier this month, the chat platform launched a feature, which would help users distinguish between normal and forwarded messages (since forwarded messages would have a label). Yesterday, the Indian government has asked Whatsapp to come up with a feasible solution to the fake news and false information, which has been shared on the platform, reported Times of India.
In order to make sure that the platform is safe, Whatsapp has mentioned that they have brought forward certain changes. In fact, they have also bought advertisement space in major newspapers, to create awareness among users and make sure that they can distinguish between ‘fake’ and real news.
“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,” WhatsApp added.
The messaging app has also been working with digital partners in India to identify fake news and stop them from circulation. In its response to the Indian government, WhatsApp said that the government can check for fake news, hoaxes and misinformation and can “work together” with WhatsApp to stop it.
Notably, this move comes at a time when there have been rumors of Whatsapp forwards causing lynching and religious discrimination in India.
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