In a bid to counter fake news forwarding on its platform in India, WhatsApp today announced that it is going to limit the ability to forward messages to their contacts. There’s no word from the company on how many messages a user can forward per day before the limit applies and until how long it will be applicable.
In addition to a limit on the number of messages being forwarded, WhatsApp is also testing a lower forwarding limit of 5 chats at once. It will also remove the quick forward button next to the media messages in a bid to discourage its users from quickly and easily forwarding fake information to their contacts.
None of the changes above will have any effect on the privacy and security of WhatsApp users. WhatsApp is only making this change so as to thwart the spread of fake news in India on its platform which led to mob lynching and killing in many parts of the country.
It is important to note that while the forwarding limit applies to WhatsApp users across the globe, the restriction of forwarding only 5 chats at once and the removal of the quick sharing button next to media items applies only to WhatsApp users only in India.
What do you think about these changes from WhatsApp? Do you think they are good enough to combat the spread of fake news on its platform?