Whatsapp steps up the fight against the spread of fake news and drastically changes a function. You need to know.
Whatsapp plans to introduce a restriction on forwarding already forwarded messages soon. I like WABetaInfo
, the change has already been seen in the new WhatsApp beta for Android 188.8.131.52. In the next few days, this change will also be activated for all WhatsApp users, they say.
The limitation means that a Whatsapp message that has already been forwarded (which is also marked by Whatsapp with a double arrow and the note “Forwarded”) can only be forwarded by the recipient to one group chat at a time. The user will be informed accordingly with the following warning when trying to resend the message:
Whatsapp will prevent messages that have already been forwarded from being forwarded
So, if the user wants to forward a received forwarded Whatsapp message to more than one group chat, they need to do it separately for each individual group chat.
Spreading fake news gets harder
Whatsapp was already in April 2020
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announced its intention to make it more difficult to spread misinformation and took steps to do so, including fact-checking, on
One of the original plans was to limit message forwarding to a maximum of four times. However, since messages are now protected by end-to-end encryption, Whatsapp cannot tell if and how many times a message will be forwarded. That should be the reason why WhatsApp introduces the new restriction.
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