WhatsApp is the most famous cross-platform messaging and voice over IP service app for a long time now. But due to all the weird theories and crazy rumors spreading related to the pandemic, COVID-19, WhatsApp has applied a limit to how many people you will be able to forward a message.
Henceforth, WhatsApp users will only be able to forward messages to one single person, to prevent the increasing rumored information related to the pandemic. As we know, WhatsApp is the home for rumored information.
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, WhatsApp in a official blog post said,
we’ve seen a significant increase in the amount of forwarding which users have told us can feel overwhelming and can contribute to the spread of misinformation. We believe it’s important to slow the spread of these messages down to keep WhatsApp a place for a personal conversation.
WhatsApp is currently working with the government and NGOs, also including the World Health Organization (WHO) and over 20 national health ministries, to help people with genuine information instead of the fake and rumored ones. The company is doing whatever it can to help the people in this crucial time, which is exceptional.
If you don’t know, WhatsApp also opened a dedicated Coronavirus Information Hub in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and donated $1 million to fight misinformation.
This is not the first time when WhatsApp is taking this kind of step. There have been times when WhatsApp and its parent company Facebook were accused of spreading false information during violence in India in 2018. WhatsApp reduced the number of times a message could be forwarded from 20 to 5.
So, I request you guys, before spreading any type of information on WhatsApp or any other social media, please check whether the information is genuine or not. Because you never know what a piece of false information can do to somebody.