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WhatsApp curbs India service after lynchings

8 monthes ago   |   By Bangkokpost

NEW DELHI: WhatsApp announced limits on the forwarding of messages by its 200 million Indian users in an effort to stop a spate of horrific lynchings and to assuage government threats of legal action in its biggest market.
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WhatsApp is dramatically cutting message forwarding after viral fake news led to lynchings

WhatsApp is dramatically cutting message forwarding after viral fake news led to lynchings

8 monthes ago   |   By Business Insider

WhatsApp is trying to make it harder for people to spread fake news.
It's limiting people's ability to forward messages to more than 20 people at a time.
Indian users can only forward messages to five people at a time.
The Indian government has said WhatsApp users forwarding fake news to big groups of people led to a spate of lynchings.
WhatsApp is dramatically limiting the ability for people to forward messages after the Indian government blamed fake news going viral via messages for a recent spate of mob violence.
The change means it'll be much harder for people to forward messages...
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WhatsApp clamps down on forwarding to reduce hoaxes and spam

8 monthes ago   |   By Engadget

While parent company Facebook shifts policies on how to handle content that it said can lead to violence, WhatsApp is also in a state of change. A blog post describes how it's limiting the ability to forward messages to multiple chats at once, appare...
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WhatsApp curbs message forwarding in bid to deter India lynch mobs

8 monthes ago   |   By Reuters

Facebook Inc's WhatsApp is rolling out a global test measure to rein in messages forwarded by users, the messaging app said, after the spread of rumors led to several killings in India and sparked calls for action from authorities.
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WhatsApp fights fake news in India by limiting message forwarding - CNET

8 monthes ago   |   By CNET

More changes are coming as the private messaging service continues to fight the spread of misinformation.
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WhatsApp to cap message forwards in India

8 monthes ago   |   By ZDnet

WhatsApp is trialling a limit on forwarding messages in India in an effort to curb rumours being spread through the messaging service.
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Whatsapp announce new measures to fight deadly fake news in India

8 monthes ago   |   By WMPoweruser

In light of the recent incidents, WhatsApp is planning to restrict message forwarding in India. The move comes after the company was blamed for the recent incidents in the country. This move, however, will help WhatsApp to curb the spread of fake news globally. The move comes after a notice which was sent by the...
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WhatsApp limits message forwarding in bid to reduce spam and misinformation

8 monthes ago   |   By TechCrunch

In a bid to cut down on the spread of false information and spam, WhatsApp recently added labels that indicate when a message has been forwarded. Now the company is sharpening that strategy by imposing limits on how many groups a message can be sent on to.
Originally, users could forward messages on to multiple groups, but a new trial will see that forwarding limited to 20 groups worldwide. In India, however, which is WhatsApp's largest market with 200 million users, the limit will be just five. In addition, a ‘quick forward' option that allowed users to pass on images and videos to others...
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WhatsApp limits message forwarding to fight the spread of fake news

WhatsApp limits message forwarding to fight the spread of fake news

8 monthes ago   |   By The Next Web

WhatsApp is making yet another change to its service to prevent the spread of misinformation by neutering its message forwarding function. Users will now only be able to forward messages to 20 contacts at a time; people in India will be limited to forwarding messages to only five people at a time. In addition, the shortcut button for forwarding messages that appears next to images and video will be removed. The company is applying a more stringent limit on forwarding to users in India, where the spread of misleading messages over the past year has led to a nationwide spree...
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