The The WhatsApp It will also limit the number of recipients of forwarded messages. From the next few days, the message received by forwarding can only be forwarded to one group or one contact at a time within the app.
Previously, it was possible to transfer this content to up to five contacts or groups at the same time.
According to the company, the rule will work for all users in the world until Monday (18).
WhatsApp explains that the decision aims to “significantly reduce the spread of potentially harmful misinformation in groups”.
- Today, anyone can forward a message they’ve created to up to five contacts or groups at a time.
- Each person who received such a message can forward it to up to five other contacts or groups at once.
- A WhatsApp user can still forward the same message they created to up to five contacts or groups at a time.
- But the forwarding of this information by the people who received it is limited to only one contact or group at a time.
In either case, users can repeat the redirect procedure as many times as they like..
WhatsApp further states that forwarded messages in a row to five or more conversations are marked with a double arrow icon and the label “Frequently Forwarded”.
Frequently forwarded message notification on WhatsApp – Image: clone
For this type of message, the distribution rule in only one group or one contact has been valid since 2020. At that time, the company Take steps to prevent misinformation from being shared In the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The new limit is one of the features that the messaging app has prepared to launch the WhatsApp Communities tool. The service allows users to create spaces that combine multiple groups and potentially send notifications to thousands of people at the same time.
The Communities tool will be tested globally, but should only arrive in Brazil after the 2022 elections, according to the company. This is because the app make a deal How do Supreme Electoral Court (TSE) to combat misinformation during the electoral process this year.
At the time, the company’s CEO, Will Karkart, pledged not to implement any significant product changes in Brazil ahead of the elections.
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