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Facebook's WhatsApp limits the text to five recipients to stem rumors



FILE PHOTO: The WhatsApp messaging application will appear on a phone screen on August 3, 2017. REUTERS / Thomas White / File Photo

JAKARTA (Reuters) ̵

1; WhatsApp by Facebook Inc ( FB.O ) The Messenger service globally limits the number of times a user forwards a message to five can, to combat "false information and rumors," said company executives on Monday.

"We have imposed a limit of five messages worldwide today," said Victoria Grand, vice president of politics and communications at WhatsApp, at an event in the Indonesian capital.

Previously, a WhatsApp user could forward a message to 20 individuals or groups. The five-recipient frontier broadens globally a measure introduced by WhatsApp in India in July, after the spread of rumors in the social media led to killings and lynching attempts.

WhatsApp, with around 1.5 billion users, has been looking for ways to stop the app's misuse, and has responded to global concerns that the platform uses to distribute fake messages, manipulated photos, un-contextual videos, and audio hacks has been. without possibility to monitor their origin or full range.

The app's end-to-end encryption allows hundreds of users to share text, photos, and videos outside the reach of independent fact-testers or even the platform itself.

WhatsApp will launch an update from Monday to enable the new forward limit, WhatsApps Communications chief Carl Woog told Reuters.

Android users first receive the update, followed by users of Apple's iOS ( AAPL.O ).

coverage by Fanny Potkin and Jessica Damiana; Editing by Sayantani Ghosh and Muralikumar Anantharaman

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