WhatsApp to limit message forwarding to five chats in India

The move comes after pressure from the Indian government following incidents of mob beating allegedly triggered by fake messages on WhatsApp

by exchange4media Staff
Published - Jul 20, 2018 2:14 PM Updated: Jul 20, 2018 2:14 PM

Under pressure from the Indian government to curb the menace of fake news, messaging app WhatsApp has decided to curtail mass forwarding of messages, images and videos in the country. Users in India will be allowed to forward messages to only five chats at once, according to media reports.

WhatsApp, in a statement, reportedly said that it is launching a test to limit forwarding. The company will also remove the quick forward button next to media messages.

"In India — where people forward more messages, photos, and videos than any other country in the world — we'll also test a lower limit of five chats at once and we'll remove the quick forward button next to media messages," the statement reportedly mentioned.

The move comes after a series of mob lynching incidents allegedly triggered by false messages spread through WhatsApp. India is WhatsApp's biggest market with more than 200 million users.

On Thursday, the Indian government had sent a second letter to Whatsapp asking for solutions that can bring in accountability and facilitate enforcement of law. Earlier this month, the Central Government, in an effort to mitigate the problem, had sent out a strict warning to WhatsApp, asking the messaging platform to introduce relevant technology to curb the spread of fake news.

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