WhatsApp may have just recently instituted forwarding limits in its war against fake news and hoaxes, but the company says that it’s already seeing results.
A WhatsApp spokesperson shared an update on Monday, as reported by TechCrunch:
We recently introduced a limit to sharing ‘highly forwarded messages’ to just one chat. Since putting into place this new limit, globally there has been a 70% reduction in the number of highly forwarded messages sent on WhatsApp. This change is helping keep WhatsApp a place for personal and private conversations. WhatsApp is committed to doing our part to tackle viral messages
WhatsApp forwards, despite being a useful tool, have proven to be a breeding ground for misinformation even before the coronavirus crisis.
In an editorial earlier this month, Android Central’s Harish Jonnalagadda criticized WhatsApp’s inaction on forwards, writing: