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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Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.