WhatsApp says sharing limits help stop the spread of fake news

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  • WhatsApp recently introduced a new limit for forwarding viral messages on its platform.
  • In the weeks since the limit was introduced, WhatsApp has seen “a 70% reduction in the number of highly forwarded messages.”
  • WhatsApp is trying to stop the spread of misinformation during the coronavirus pandemic.
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One of the countless unforeseen consequences of social media’s ubiquity is the speed at which stories can spread, regardless of whether or not they have any basis in reality. No platform is immune to this issue, including WhatsApp, which last year introduced a new “double arrow” label for messages that had been forwarded in the app many times before. The label warned users that the message did not originate from one of their close contacts.

Attempting to keep users from unknowingly spreading misinformation has and always will be a challenge for platforms like WhatsApp and its parent company, Facebook, but as we all attempt to navigate this viral pandemic, ensuring that people aren’t led astray by questionable viral articles is more important than ever. And so, WhatsApp implemented a new limit so that these viral messages can only be forwarded to one chat at a time.

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