In order to suppress the spread of fake information, WhatsApp has changed some rules and placed restrictions on forwarding messages which are becoming the main source of misinformation spreading about Coronavirus pandemic.
The limitations are already in play for the message which are identified as “highly forwarded” which have been sent through a chain of five or more people and such messages can only be forwarded to a single person now. This immediate action was taken as a preventive measure to reduce the spread of wrong information and bring out more truth and fiction.
“We know many users forward helpful information, as well as funny videos, memes, and reflections or prayers they find meaningful. In recent weeks, people have also used WhatsApp to organize public moments of support for frontline health workers,” the company, which is part of Facebook, said in a blog post. “However, 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 became one of the main sources of such misinformation going viral due to a huge surge in use amid the lockdown. Earlier before the limitations, a user was able to forward a message to hundreds of people at once but these restrictions will definitely slow down the process as it’s still a time consuming and typical process to forward a single message to many users one after another. Not only that, the Government of India has taken strong measures to eradicate the spread of such wrong information and also very strict rules are implemented for the people who are spreading such fake news or making fun of CoronaVirus pandemic.