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  • WhatsApp to limit ‘forwards’ to 5 users to contain rumours

    Post Date:- 07.21.18

    Under unrelenting pressure from the Indian government to effectively handle the menace of rumours and fake news on its platform, Whatsapp has announced another series of measures to curtail mass forwarding of messages, images and videos.

    In a statement on Friday, Whatsapp said it is launching a test to limit forwarding on 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 five chats at once and we'll remove the quick forward button next to media messages."

    Whatsapp had added a feature to let people forward a message to multiple chats at once a few years ago.

    This comes after Whatsapp launched its forward label in India earlier this month to identify messages which are not original and have been forwarded.

    On Thursday, the Indian government has sent a second letter to Whatsapp asking for "more effective solutions" that can bring in "accountability and facilitate enforcement of law" in the wake of rising incidents of rumours on Whatsapp triggering lynching incidents in the country.

    Ministry of electronics and IT (MEITY) had sent out a stern warning to WhatsApp earlier this month also, asking the Facebook-owned messaging platform to immediately stop the spread of “irresponsible and explosive messages filled with rumours and provocation” on its platform. The messaging platform has responded to the government letter saying that it will use a mix of technology along with new features to identify forwarded messages and work with fact checkers and academia to address the issue.


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