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WhatsApp limits message forwarding

14.04.2020
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Restrictions designed to reduce spread of disinformation

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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Innovation and Content, Privacy, Safety, Security
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Regulatory Watch
Coronavirus, covid-19, disinformation, Fake news, misinformation, online safety, platforms, WhatsApp
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