New Delhi: Under pressure to stop rumours and fake news triggering a spate of horrific lynching incidents, WhatsApp on Friday, announced curbs on its service in India including limiting forwarding messages to five chats at once.
In a statement, Whatsapp said it is launching a test to limit forwarding on the app. WhatsApp also said it would “remove the quick forward button next to media messages”.
The announcement comes a day after the Centre hauled up the company for the second time on Thursday. The ministry of electronics and IT (MeitY) asked WhatsApp to come out with more effective solutions in addition to their efforts towards labelling forwards and identifying fake news.
Impact on Indian users
- The limit, once implemented, will curtail WhatsApp’s services for over 200 million users in India.
- Globally, the company allows users to forward messages, up to 20 chats (either individuals or groups).
- The changes ‘will help keep WhatsApp the way it was designed to be: a private messaging app,’ it said.
WhatsAPP to EC: We will be alert during state and general polls
- WhatsApp has informed the Election Commission (EC), that it will take various steps ahead of polls to prevent the misuse of its messaging platform, and bring to India its fake news verification model which has been used in other markets.
- The messaging platform also told the EC that it would be watchful of spam messaging techniques ahead of the polls both state and general elections, an official said.