Frequently forwarded messages can now only be forwarded to one chat at a time.
In an effort to combat the spread of misinformation about COVID-19, WhatsApp has introduced new measures to slow the rate at which information is shared on the app.
Messages that have been forwarded more than five times can now only be forwarded to one chat at a time. Previously, WhatsApp had limited this type of forwarding to five chats at a time.
This move comes after misinformation about 5G networks and COVID-19 spread quickly across the platform.
In a blogpost, WhatsApp said, “We believe it’s important to slow the spread of these messages down to keep WhatsApp a place for personal conversation.”
Users are still able to forward messages to as many chats as they wish, but they must do so one at a time. Previous limitations reduced message forwarding by 25%.
WhatsApp does not think message forwarding is bad, but believes it should slow this “significant increase” in doing so in order to keep the app a place for personal messaging.