The most popular messaging application in the world is implementing a strange method to stop the flow of erroneous information and “false news”. Users of WhatsApp on Android and iOS will no longer be able to forward messages to more than five people or groups.
Undoubtedly, this is a method of censorship by the messaging company owned by Facebook. The new limit of forwarding messages (through VentureBeat ) occurs after a series of violent crimes caused by the dissemination of False news and misinformation throughout India.
WhatsApp limits the forwarding of messages
WhatsApp applies this restriction only to messages sent from other chats. These are marked inside the chat window. So it will not block the information that users copy and paste in multiple chats or group messages. Groups have a maximum limit of 256 participants. So even with this limit, users will potentially have a message reach of up to 1,280 people. Even though they can only send to five groups.
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All the main functions that make WhatsApp such a popular multi-platform alternative to iMessage remain intact. That includes end-to-end message encryption. But there is no doubt that this could affect some of the 1,500 million daily users of the application.