WhatsApp puts limits on message forwarding to curb COVID-19 misinformation
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:
This is a welcome move that will curtail the spread of misinformation on WhatsApp, particularly in countries like India, where the service has over 500 million users. WhatsApp also mentioned that it is working with NGOs and government agencies to provide accurate information about the virus, with the platform setting up a coronavirus information hub:
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Wtf this is ridiculous. What you mean spread of misinformation?
The question(s) that should be asked, what do they consider to be misinformation? And who decides?
Not that I necessarily agree or disagree with this, but in this case no one is deciding anything. Any and all info is being limited with forwarding.
Author wrote "This is a welcome move that will curtail the spread of misinformation on WhatsApp" My response is depends
These are personal messages shared between consenting users. They should have no say in what I forward to my friends and family. If my friends or family don't like it, then they can tell me.
I don't use that crap. I dont need messages censored based upon what THEY think is correct.
If I'm understanding this correctly, no one is deciding what is correct. They're just limiting any and all info being forwarded.
As someone who lives in a country where misinformation from WhatsApp messages has great impact, I'm all for it. Good move!
Except in the case of this crisis, the misinformation has been coming from the WHO, and many of the so-called experts. But that's not the stuff their trying to silence