WhatsApp makes it simpler to fact-check forwarded messages

For now, this function is a pilot. It’s being rolled out in the present day in Brazil, Italy, Eire, Mexico, Spain, the UK and the US — customers will want the newest model of WhatsApp for Android, iOS or WhatsApp Internet.

In 2019, after misinformation unfold on WhatsApp led to violence in India, WhatsApp lowered the message forwarding limit to simply 5 teams or customers. Earlier this yr, WhatsApp mentioned it noticed a “vital improve” in forwarded messages. In response, it imposed even stricter limits. Now, continuously forwarded messages (these with the double arrow icon) can only be forwarded to one chat at a time

As with previous measures, permitting individuals to go looking for more information about forwarded messages gained’t essentially cease misinformation. However it might encourage customers to fact-check messages earlier than they imagine them or cross them on. It’s additionally one other method for WhatsApp to curb pretend information with out really reviewing messages, so the platform is ready to preserve its guarantees of end-to-end encryption.