The instant messaging app has begun to roll out WhatsApp forward message limit to only 5 chats for more than 200 million users in India. This drastic step was taken soon after the Indian Government started taking some serious actions against WhatsApp’s failure to check about proactive and fake messaging content on its platform.
Last Month, owner of this app announced the first launch of its test to limit forwarding messages to 5 chats only.
“The limit has started to appear this week for people in India who are on the current version of WhatsApp” the company stated on Wednesday.
They had also expanded their education campaign, where this messaging app published a video educating their users on how to spot fake messages on WhatsApp.
The company said “This week, WhatsApp is publishing a new video that explains the importance of the ”forwarded” label and calls users to ”double check the facts when you’re not sure who created the original message,”. Currently, the company has allowed forwarding messages to 20 different chats either individual or groups globally. But, in India, it will be limited to only 5 individual group or person.
WhatsApp Forward Message Limit
With this new update, the company is trying to keep this global messaging app for the purpose it was designed, a private messaging app.
In a statement given by the company read, “We are deeply committed to your safety and privacy which is why WhatsApp is end-to-end encrypted, and we will continue to improve our app with features like this one,”.
Many media reports claimed that DoT (Department of Telecommunication) had asked all the Telecom Companies to bring out some ways to block social media platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Telegram, etc in case they are causing a threat to Public and National Security.
The COAI (Cellular Operations Association of India) said that the government should take some steps to prevent and curb the fake news and messages instead of blocking the mobile applications.
When a message is forwarded, a label named “Forwarded” appears on the headline of the message. However, there is a way to prevent this forward tag. You can just copy the whole message and then paste it to other chat. This way you can strip the “forwarded” label from the chat.