WhatsApp limits fwds to only one chat at a time

Chennai: WhatsApp is rolling out a new feature that will allow users to share frequently forwarded messages to only one chat at a time, in a bid to curb the spread of misinformation and fake news through its platform amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

While the Facebook-owned platform has been battling the menace of spread of fake news through its platform, the introduction of the new feature comes at a time when WhatsApp is being actively used by people to stay connected amid lockdowns globally.

The latest move from WhatsApp comes at a time when countries across the world are initiating new measures to tackle the spread of rumours and fake news on social media platforms.

Administrators of thousands of WhatsApp groups have changed their group settings, prohibiting other members from posting any message following government’s order to curb fake news and posts during the coronavirus crisis.

 

NT Bureau