To curb the spread of fake news.
WhatsApp is currently the top messaging app in the world with more than 1 billion users. This also means that messages sent on the platform get spread pretty quickly, which is why it is one of the primary tools used to distribute fake news.
To curb the practice, WhatsApp is now limiting the way you can forward messages. Users on the Android and the iOS app will no longer be able to forward any messages to more than five groups or individuals. This applies to the messages that were also forwarded from other chats (seemingly labeled when you see it on the chat window). The lower limit means that a group with a maximum of 256 people, for example, can only spread a message for up to 1280 persons, which is a low reach if you want to spread a message.
The multi-platform support for WhatsApp also contributed to it being one of the most used messaging applications, rivaling other services like Messenger which Facebook also owns and even iMessage that is only supported on iOS devices.
Message forwarding limits will start rolling out first to Android users, with iOS users following shortly after.
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