WHATSAPP is blocking users from forwarding a message on more than five times. The goal is to stop the “wildfire” spread of dangerous or misleading hoax messages – but will probably annoy some users. Facebook, which owns WhatsApp, announced the new rule at a special event in Jakarta, Indonesia today. It means that if a message has been “forwarded” five times to reach you, you won’t be able to pass it on a sixth time. You could still type out the message or save the photo and then send it on again, but the dedicated “forward” button will no longer work. The rule will apply globally – and is fully operational right now. In a statement, a WhatsApp spokesperson told The Sun: “WhatsApp carefully evaluated this test and listened to user feedback over a six-month period. The forward limit significantly reduced forwarded messages around the world. “Starting today, all users on the latest versions of WhatsApp can now forward to only five chats at once, which will help keep WhatsApp focused on private messaging with close contacts. “We’ll continue to listen to user feedback about their experience, and over time, look for new ways of addressing viral content.” Last year,… Read full this story
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