• WhatsApp is dramatically cutting message forwarding after viral fake news led to lynchings

    3 monthes ago - By Chron

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    WhatsApp is trying to make it harder for people to spread fake news.
    It's limiting people's ability to forward messages to more than 20 people at a time.
    Indian users can only forward messages to five people at a time.
    The Indian government has said WhatsApp users forwarding fake news to big groups of people led to a spate of lynchings.
    WhatsApp is dramatically limiting the ability for people to forward messages after the Indian government blamed fake news going viral via messages for a recent spate of mob violence.
    The change means it'll be much harder for people to...
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  • WhatsApp to limit message forwarding to stop the spread of fake news

    3 monthes ago - By Fast Company

    Globally, users will now only be able to forward messages to groups with 20 or fewer people in them.
    The Facebook-owned company has announced in a blog post that it is limiting the ability of users to forward messages to large groups of people. Globally, users will now only be able to forward messages to groups with 20 or fewer people in them. But in India, WhatsApp users will only be able to forward messages to groups with five or fewer people in them. The previous limit was groups of 250 people. WhatsApp is also getting rid of the “quick forward” feature in India, which allowed users to...
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  • WhatsApp Has a New Plan for Fighting Its Lethal Fake News Problem

    3 monthes ago - By Fortune

    A few years ago, WhatsApp started letting people forward messages to multiple groups at once. Now, facing serious problems with the spread of misinformation, the Facebook-owned operation is placing new limits on the function.
    WhatsApp is particularly having problems in India at the moment, with people using the service to spread rumors about suspected child abductors. This trend has led to a spate of mob lynchings , and the Indian government warned WhatsApp on Thursday that it may sue the company if it doesn't get a hold on its fake news problem.
    Also on Thursday, WhatsApp said in a...
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  • WhatsApp limits forwarded messages to curb the spread of fake news

    WhatsApp limits forwarded messages to curb the spread of fake news

    3 monthes ago - By Venture Beat

    In an ongoing effort to curb the spread of erroneous information, WhatsApp has revealed that it will now limit the number of people you can forward a message to. The move comes following a series of violent lynchings that were triggered by the spread of false information through the Facebook-owned messaging app. In the wake of those events, WhatsAp...
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  • WhatsApp limits message forwarding in bid to reduce spam and misinformation

    3 monthes ago - By Tech Crunch

    In a bid to cut down on the spread of false information and spam, WhatsApp recently added labels that indicate when a message has been forwarded. Now the company is sharpening that strategy by imposing limits on how many groups a message can be sent on to.
    Originally, users could forward messages on to multiple groups, but a new trial will see that forwarding limited to 20 groups worldwide. In India, however, which is WhatsApp's largest market with 200 million users, the limit will be just five. In addition, a ‘quick forward' option that allowed users to pass on images and videos to others...
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