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MIT Technology review says that WhatsApp is introducing new limits on message forwarding in order to restrict the spread of disinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Messages identified as ‘highly forwarded’ can be passed on to only one recipient. The idea is to slow the spread of viral information, giving ‘truth a chance to catch up with falsehoods’. The journal points out that forwards are down by 25% since the company introduced a restriction to five forwarded messages last year. Read more
WhatsApp limits message forwarding: restrictions designed to reduce spread of disinformation
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