Starting today, WhatsApp messages can only be forwarded to one chat at a time.

What you need to know

  • WhatsApp is tackling the spread of misinformation on its platform by putting limits on message forwarding.
  • Starting today, users can only forward messages to one chat at a time.
  • WhatsApp is also teaming up with local governments and NGOs over a coronavirus information hub.

Last week, I wrote about how the message forwarding feature in WhatsApp was being used to spread misinformation on COVID-19, and suggested the platform disable message forwarding entirely.

WhatsApp is now putting severe limits on message forwards during this crisis. You can only forward messages to one chat at a time, with WhatsApp noting that it is enforcing the change to limit the spread of fake content on the service:

Last year we introduced users to the concept of messages that have been forwarded…

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