While it usually might be good news when a new update arrives, this isn’t the case for the latest update that Facebook has released for WhatsApp. The reason why we are saying this is that instead of introducing new features, WhatsApp’s latest update puts restrictions on an already feature.
With that being said, WhatsApp users should know that the new update will restrict the times a user can forward a message from twenty to five times. The craziest thing about this is the reason why Facebook felt needed to implement this restriction on every WhatsApp user in the first place.
WhatsApp Message Forwarding Gets Restricted
Even though the fact that Facebook is placing restrictions on WhatsApp’s already existent features might sound like a bad move, Facebook actually has a good reason behind this. Facebook announced that the new restrictions are designed to stop the spread of ”misinformation and rumors” on the chatting app.
“We’re imposing a limit of five messages all over the world as of today,” said Victoria Grand who is the Vice President for policy and communication at WhatsApp during a tech event that took place in the Indonesian capital.
Facebook’s Fight Against Misinformation
From the looks of it, Facebook is actually trying to do some good by making it so that WhatsApp users can only forward messages to five people. To make things even more interesting, rumor has it that the reason why Facebook implemented this feature is because WhatsApp was allegedly used in India back in July by gangs.
While Facebook’s intention might be good, the WhatsApp restriction is not going to make too much of a change. Rumor and gossip are still going to spread on the internet, just that it will spread five people at a time now.