WhatsApp makes it harder to forward your friend's messages
We've all done it.
Your friend sends you a funny message on WhatsApp, prompting a hearty guffaw. What do you do next? Hit that forward button and send it on to all your mates. Or perhaps you've done the opposite, and forwarded a few outrageous emails sent by a client or colleague?
Well, WhatsApp wants to stop that from happening.
The messaging service is limiting its members to forwarding any single message to just five times. The effort is in response to calls that it tackle the spread of false information on the platform. The platform introduced the policy in India six months ago, but will now be rolled out across the world over the next few months.
According to a WhatsApp spokesperson, "the forward limit significantly reduced forwarded messages around the world."
"This will keep WhatsApp focused on private messaging with close contacts".
Last week Facebook announced that it had closed more than 500 false pages that were suspected to be spreading propaganda from a number of untrustworthy sources. Mark Zuckerberg also recently announced that it would be employing a fact-checking service to flag inappropriate and false content on its platforms.
The announcement of the global rollout of the WhatsApp restrictions was made last night in Jakarta (which is about to go through its own set of elections). Expect the changes to hit a smartphone near you via an update over the next few weeks.