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WhatsApp limits users to five text forwards to curb rumors

JAKARTA: WhatsApp is globally limiting the number of times a user can forward a message to five, in a bid to fight “misinformation and rumors”, company executives said on Monday.

Before this WhatsApp user could forward a message to 20 individuals or groups.

“We’re imposing a limit of five messages all over the world as of today,” Victoria Grand, vice president for policy and communications at WhatsApp, said at an event in the Indonesian capital.


The messaging service WhatsApp, which has around 1.5 billion users, has been trying to find ways to stop misuse of the app, following global concern that the platform was being used to spread fake news, manipulated photos, videos without context, and audio hoaxes, with no way to monitor their origin or full reach.

WhatsApp’s head of communications Carl Woog said “WhatsApp will roll out an update to activate the new forward limit, starting on Monday”.

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