WhatsApp Takes Action to Curb the Spread of Fake Virus News

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On Tuesday WhatsApp has increased the limits message forwarding in an effort to help stop the spread of fake Coronavirus news.

Users are now limited to forwarding certain messages to only one “chat” at a time, aiming to limit the rapid circulation of controversial content which is likely to be false.

The messaging platform said in a blogpost that it hopes this action will enable users to spend time concentrate on staying in touch with personal and private communications during this crisis time.

Whatsapp said, “we’ve seen a significant increase in the amount of forwarding which users have told us can feel overwhelming and can contribute to the spread of misinformation,”

“We believe it’s important to slow the spread of these messages down to keep WhatsApp a place for personal conversation.”

According to WhatsApp, the new policy applies to messages forwarded “many times” and marked with a double-arrow, indicating that it did not originate from a close contact.

“In effect, these messages are less personal compared to typical messages sent on WhatsApp,”

WhatsApp and Facebook have been work hard to curb the increase of rumours about the coronavirus while also trying to promote verified content.