Over the years, the facebook owned messaging App has undergone a lot of improvement with pretty cool features. One of the newly introduced features to the messaging platform is limiting message ‘forwards’ to “ONLY” five chats at a time, a practice it had introduced in India in July last year to crack down on the spread of rumors and fake news through its platform.
As Facebook is known for the spreading of fake news, WhatsApp has also been found in doing same. Though WhatsApp is an encrypted messaging platform, monitoring the way messages are sent between users is more difficult as compared to facebook.
In July 2018, WhatsApp announced it would be limiting the number of chats users could forward a message to — this limit was set at 20 groups or individuals globally, with the exception of India, which was limited to five. If you tried to forward to more than the limit, you would see this error message. WhatsApp only Allows 256 users in a group. It seems the group thing didn’t work in spreading fake news🤣🤣💥.
It’s worth noting here that groups can have up to 256 people in them, so in effect WhatsApp users can potentially still forward a message to 1,280 individual people — assuming they have 5 groups at their maximum participant level. In reality, people tend to have multiple smaller groups — but even if that is the case, it still means WhatsApp users can easily forward a message to dozens of people in one fell swoop. And if each of those people also forward a message to dozens more people, the exponential effect of this will still be significant.
More importantly, there is nothing really stopping someone from returning to a message once they’ve reached their 5 chat limit and forwarding it again to another 5 people or groups.🔁🔁🔁
In short, it’s not entirely clear what meaningful impact this restriction will have on the spread of spam and misinformation.🤦♂️🤷♀️]]>