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WhatsApp Removes Quick Forward Option for Media Messages, Limits Forwarding a Message to maximum 5 Users in India

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After great furore created over mob lynching incidents which were attributed to speedy social media group messages in India, WhatsApp is going to curtail forward message option by limiting the forwarding in the number of groups and disabling of ‘quick forward’ option as well.

WhatsApp in its statement said that people in India forward more messages, photos and videos than any other country in the world, which is the reason why WhatsApp is facing some backlash from the Indian government as the spam and misinformation spreads very quickly.

The action by the Instant messenger service provider came after the ministry of electronics and information technology (MEITY) sent a second legal letter to WhatsApp, asking to come out with “more effective solutions” to prevent mob violence in India.

Other countries have also reported fake information circulated through group messages but that number is far less as compared to India.

In case of India, WhatsApp had planned to limit the number of chats to five for forwarding messages and remove quick forward button while for the remaining version of the globe the number of forwarding messages would be 20. These changes will be applicable to India, and they will be live in the next few days.

“We believe that these changes – which we will continue to evaluate – will help keep WhatsApp the way it was designed to be: a private messaging app, we built WhatsApp as a private messaging app – a simple, secure and reliable way to communicate with friends and family. And as we’ve added new features, we’ve been careful to try and try and keep that feeling of intimacy which people say they love,” WhatsApp’s spokesman Carl Woog wrote.

Earlier, a few days back WhatsApp added new feature ‘Labelling Messages’ which would label the forwarded messages with ‘forwarded’ and the measure according to WhatsApp possibly decrease the spread of spam.

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