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WhatsApp officially launches message forwarding restrictions for users in India

This comes after the Indian government pulled up the Facebook-owned platform for its failure to check the spread rumours on its platform, resulting in a number of crimes such as mob killings.

NMF News Bureau | Updated: 09 Aug 2018, 13:14:41
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New Delhi: WhatsApp has said that it has started rolling out its forward message limit to five chats for over 200 million users of the instant messaging service in India.

This comes after the Indian government pulled up the Facebook-owned platform for its failure to check the spread rumours on its platform, resulting in a number of crimes such as mob killings.

Last month, WhatsApp had announced that it was testing a feature to limit message forwarding to five chats in India.

"The limit has started to appear this week for people in India who are on the current version of WhatsApp," the company said in a statement on Wednesday.

WhatsApp has also published a video to educate its users, saying it is expanding its user education campaign on how to spot fake news and hoaxes.

"This week, WhatsApp is publishing a new video that explains the importance of the ''forward'' label and calls users to ''double check the facts when you're not sure who created the original message,''" said the company.

WhatsApp said that with new changes, which it will continue to evaluate, "will help keep WhatsApp the way it was designed to be: a private messaging app".

"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," it said in a statement.


First Published: 09 Aug 2018, 13:14:41

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