WhatsApp limits text forwards to five recipients to curb rumors

Facebook’s WhatsApp messenger service is limiting the number of times a user can forward a message in a chat to only five recipients. Company executives said this aims to limit the spread of “misinformation and rumors.”

Previously, a WhatsApp user could forward a message to 20 recipients.

WhatsApp has been trying to find ways to stop misuse of the app, following concerns that the platform was being used to spread fake news and other false information.

WhatsApp will roll out an update to activate the new forward limit, starting Monday, WhatsApp’s head of communications Carl Woog told Reuters.

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