WhatsApp has announced a new measure to combat the spread of misinformation on its platform. From now on, you’ll only be able to forward “frequently forwarded messages” to one conversation at a time. It8217;s more of a case of slowing the spread of misinformation, than stopping it altogether.
Frequently forwarded messages are messages that have been forwarded five times or more, and they’re denoted by a double arrow. Messages that have been forwarded fewer than five times, meanwhile, are labelled with a single arrow.
“In effect, [frequently forwarded messages] are less personal compared to typical messages sent on WhatsApp. We are now introducing a limit so that these messages can only be forwarded to one chat at a time,” WhatsApp wrote in a blog post this morning.
In November 2018, Facebook admitted that it “[wasn’t] doing enough to help prevent our platform from being used to foment division and incite offline violence” in Myanmar, where the company’s platforms had been used to spread fake news that helped fuel horrific violence against the country’s Rohingya Muslims. The campaign was described as “ethnic cleansing” by the United Nations.
“Is all forwarding bad? Certainly not. We know many users forward helpful information, as well as funny videos, memes, and reflections or prayers they find meaningful,” WhatsApp’s blog post continues.
“However, we’ve seen a significant increase in the amount of forwarding which users have told us can feel overwhelming and can contribute to the spread of misinformation. We believe it’s important to slow the spread of these messages down to keep WhatsApp a place for personal conversation.”
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