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WhatsApp limits forwarding message to five chats globally

WhatsApp limits forwarding message to five chats globally

"Starting today, WhatsApp will be implementing this change, globally i.e. all users on the latest versions of WhatsApp can now forward to only five chats at once", the Facebook-owned platform said in a blog post.

WhatsApp is expanding its message forwarding limit to across the world, almost six months after piloting the feature in India.

Under pressure to stop rumours and fake news, WhatsApp had past year, restricted forwarding messages to five chats at once as well as removed the quick forward button for media messages in India - a market that has over 200 million WhatsApp users.

The previously unlimited message forwarding feature was widely linked with a troubling number of mob-related incidents in India where several people were killed and dozens more injured in 2017 and 2018 following the rapid distribution of misinformation and unconfirmed suspicions of violent crimes.

In an update to its blog on January 21, the Facebook-owned company said the move will help keep "WhatsApp focused on private messaging with close contacts".

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WhatsApp is very famous in India, parts of Asia, and certain European countries and has over a billion users worldwide.

The spread of fake news on WhatsApp, Facebook, and other social media platforms became a focal point of discussion past year.

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

Five - that's the maximum amount of times you will be able to forward a message on WhatsApp. It that respect, limiting the number of times you can forward a message does very little to stop the spread of fake news.

Android users will receive the update first, followed by iOS users shortly after.