What you need to know
- WhatsApp placed forwarding limits on its service earlier this month.
- The company now claims this has cut the spread of viral forwards by 70%.
- WhatsApp forwards have been criticized as a breeding ground for hoaxes and fake news.
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:
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:
WhatsApp didn't go as far as removing forwarding from the platform, but the limitations it placed on the feature let those who use forwards in good faith continue to use them, while greatly limiting those who would use it to magnify misinformation.
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