The facebook-owned chatting application, Whatsapp is one of the most widely used chatting app for communication. Looking at the current situation of the novel coronavirus, most of the countries are lockdown and there are lots of misinformation being spread all around the world. To bring curb to the spreading of rumors and misinformation, Whatsapp has changed the limit on forwarded messages to 1 chat at a time.
It was observed that the levels of forwarded messages have risen to another level. The new update will restrict the users from frequent forwarding of messages. However, users can still forward the messages but it will take a lot of time as forwarding messages to one user time is quite boring unless there is something quite important.
As the Internet has its insignificant benefits, it also has its darker side. It takes just a few minutes to viral any kind of rumors or fake news that can be very dangerous for an individual as well as society. Earlier Whatsapp didn’t have any kind of limits on the forwarding of the messages. Then it restricted t 5 chats at a time. And in the current situation of COVID-19, it has been restricted to 1 chat at a time.
It’s one more feature for forwarded messages is under beta testing. “Double-checking these messages before forwarding may help reduce the spread of rumors. This feature is currently in testing and we’ll keep you updated on next steps,” WhatsApp said. Whatsapp also said that it bans around two billion accounts per month who attempt to send bulk messages or automated messages through any kind of bot.
Whatsapp has also launched the WhatsApp Coronavirus Information Hub in partnership with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and UNDP last month. The basic aim of this partnership is to provide basic information actionable guidance for health workers, educators, community leaders, nonprofits, local governments and local businesses that rely on the platform to communicate.