WhatsApp to limit WhatsApp message forwarding
WhatsApp messenger Service is testing limited forward messaging restrictions that will apply across all its users, following Indian authority seeking effective actions on rumors that have led to violence, transmitted through the App the service said.
Mob lynchings triggered by false incendiary messages in India, WhatsApp’s biggest market with more than 200 million users, led to authorities calling for steps to prevent the circulation of false texts and provocative content. It also caused a public relations nightmare.
In India, WhatsApp said it will also test a lower limit of five chats — individual or group chats — at a time and remove the quick forward button next to media messages.
earlier this month, WhatsApp in response technology ministry, said it required collaboration with the government and society to control the spread of false information from its platform.
WhatsApp a week ago distributed ads in key Indian daily papers to handle the spread of false info, its first such push to tackle the spread of rumors though messages.
The messaging service had said it was giving clients controls and data to enable them to remain safe and that it wanted to run long run advertisements efforts on public safety.
So far this year, false messages about kid abductors on WhatsApp triggered mass beatings of people and public lynchings in India and some of whom have died.