WhatsApp on Thursday announced new steps it will take to fight the spread of spam on the messaging platform. In addition to banning defaulting companies…
Last week WhatsApp announced that it will label forwarded messages. This week, the social media platform is launching a test to limit forwarded messages altogether.
Limited forwarding means that there will be a certain number of chats you can forward to a group of specific user at a time.
Though the blog post did not say what this limit will specifically be, it did state that users in India will be given a “lower” limit of five chats at once, along with the removal of the quick forwarding option.
According to WhatsApp, India has the highest forwarding traffic of any nation.
“We believe that these changes — which we’ll continue to evaluate — will keep WhatsApp the way it was designed to be: a private messaging app”, the company said in the post.
The move is also a bid to reduce forwarding spam on the social network, which has become a major vehicle for spreading misinformation across the country.
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