To restrict fake news and violence arises through fake news, social media giant WhatsApp has taken a new step forward to disallow the users to forward a message (audio, text, videos) after a limit of 5 chats.
WhatsApp said in a blogpost that, “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”.
Earlier, WhatsApp has sent a letter to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeITY) claiming that they were too horrified by the increasing case of violence in the country and will soon announce appropriate measures to stop the spreading of misinformation through their messaging app.
With this new feature, WhatsApp will continue to intact the privacy and security of the users.
As per the reports, WhatsApp is now working on the new features which will enable to detect the suspicious link and warn users in case they open it. Fake links behind the messages offering vouchers, air tickets and deals has also become another problem for WhatsApp.
To warn the users about the forwarded messages, WhatsApp has already started labelling it as ‘Forwarded’. The motive behind starting this step is to treat this type of messages with caution.