In order to reduce the spread of false information and spam, WhatsApp recently added labels indicating when a message was forwarded. Now the company is sharpening this strategy by imposing restrictions on how many groups a message can be sent.
Originally, users could redirect messages to multiple groups, but a new trial sees that redirection is limited to 20 groups worldwide. However, in India, WhatsApp's largest market with 200 million users, it will only be five. In addition, a "Quick Forward" option, which allows users to quickly share images and videos with others, is removed from India.
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The changes are intended to help reduce the amount of information being transferred to the service, although this is clearly not a step that will completely end the problem.
The change is in direct response to a series of events in India. The BBC recently wrote about an incident in which one man was seriously beaten and two were severely beaten after rumors of their efforts to kidnap children from a village spread across WhatsApp. According to reports, 17 others were killed in similar circumstances last year, with police saying false rumors spread about WhatsApp.
In response, WhatsApp, which of course owns Facebook has fully bought (19659002) Apart from concern for encouraging vigilantes, the saga could also pass into India's upcoming national elections next year. Times Internet reports today that Facebook and WhatsApp plan to implement a fake messaging system that has recently been deployed in Mexico to combat spam messages and the spread of false news and information. The newspaper said the companies had already had talks with the Indian Electoral Commission.