New Delhi: In a bid to reduce the spread of misinformation about the novel coronavirus pandemic, instant messaging application WhatsApp has reportedly limited frequently forwarded messages to one message at a time. The development comes when countries across the world are initiating measures to tackle the spread of rumours, fake news and misinformation on social media platforms. Also Read - UP News: 21 Fresh Coronavirus Cases in Gautam Buddh Nagar, Total Tally at 591
“We are now introducing a limit so that these messages can only be forwarded to one chat at a time…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,” the Facebook-owned WhatsApp said in a statement. Also Read - Procure And Stock PPE Kits, Oxygen Masks For 3 Months, Delhi Govt Directs Hospitals Amid Rise in COVID-19 Cases
WhatsApp which has over 400 million users in India had last year introduced ‘forward’ label with double arrows to indicate that the message did not originate from a close contact. It had also limited message ‘forwards’ to five chats at a time. Also Read - Coronavirus in Gurugram: Private Hospitals to Face Action if Patients Refused Treatment
Recently, the instant messaging app has also announced the WhatsApp Coronavirus Information Hub. Besides, it is also working with NGOs and governments, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and over 20 national health ministries, to help connect people with accurate information.
(With agency inputs)