WhatsApp limits number of forwards for Indian users

The Whats App messaging application is seen on a phone screen

WhatsApp will publish a new video on Facebook explaining the importance of the "forward" label, and will ask users to cross check facts when they are not sure about who created the original message.

"Since people have been murdered in India and Brazil due to fake Whatsapp messages, and since Whatsapp is admissible evidence in courts around the world, we decided we couldn't keep it to ourselves", he said.

The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), however, said the government should look for "more effective" steps to curb fake news and maintain public order, instead of blocking mobile applications.

Founded in 2009 and purchased by Facebook in 2014, WhatsApp said that at the beginning of the year it had more than 1.5 billion users who exchanged 65 billion messages per day. According to news agency IANS, WhatsApp confirmed that it has begun rolling out its forward message limit in India, which is its biggest market at 200 million users. In two iOS versions of WhatsApp, we did not face any restrictions on the number of forwards to chat, so this is likely a phased rolled out.

"Today, we're launching a test to limit forwarding that will apply to everyone using WhatsApp".


But a user can go back to the message and forward it again to another five contacts/groups. So it does not stop mass forwards, but makes it more hard for the user. However, there is a work around to forwarded messages, where people can also copy the message or save the media file to their device, and then share it again to multiple chats.

There had been a spate of incidents of lynching in the country connected to fake messages on social media platforms, mainly through WhatsApp.

A newly-discovered WhatsApp bug allows hackers to infiltrate and message your group chats and private conversations.

The security flaw is related to WhatsApp's message encryption technology, which is the primary mechanism that's used to secure all messages (text and multimedia) transmitted via WhatsApp.

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