WhatsApp is trying to tackle the spreading of false information, which has led to mob killings in India recently, by introducing strict guidelines.
According to the new guidelines, WhatsApp will allow forwarding messages only five times each, and the “Quick forward” feature, which gives the user the ability to send photos, links, and videos to a large number of people at once, will also be removed.
India is the biggest user market and users can currently forward messages up to 20 people. However, after facing heavy criticism for inaction for recent lynching incidents, which led to 20 or more murders and many more injured, Facebook is finally taking steps to tackle the issue.
But, WhatsApp faces a different type of challenge when it comes to controlling misinformation, as it is technically unable (end-to-end encrypted) to monitor messages as the Facebook or Youtube does. However, by limiting the ability to group share, WhatsApp is hoping to curb the spreading of misinformation in India.