As of February 2020, WhatsApp had over 2 billion users globally and it is increasing day by day. Thousands of people use WhatsApp daily and communicate with family, friends, and people around the world.
There are two types of people one is good and one is bad and in technical language, we called it “Bad Actors” these bad actors are working as a group, they create multiple groups, invite people, and spread messages to multiple people at the same time. and once a good actor received this message whether good or bad real or fake he forwards it to other peoples and this is how “Panic Spread”.
As it is a coronavirus pandemic, so as many bad actors are taking advantage of this situation and spread the fake messages of coronavirus to good people and to save good people from fake news WhatsApp has introduced a new rule called “New Limit on Message Forwards” to fight the spread of coronavirus misinformation.
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How does it work?
Messages that have been identified as “highly forwarded” sent through a chain of five or more people — can only be forwarded to a single person, which means you can not send it to more than a single person.
Last year we introduced users to the concept of messages that have been forwarded many times. These messages are labeled with double arrows to indicate they did not originate from close contact. In effect, these messages are less personal compared to typical messages sent on WhatsApp. We are now introducing a limit so that these messages can only be forwarded to one chat at a time.
As a private messaging service, we’ve taken several steps over the years to help keep conversations intimate. For example, we previously set limits on forwarded messages to constrain virality. At the time, we saw a 25% decrease in total message forwards globally, Facebook said this in a blog post.
Is forwarding bad?
Certainly not, Facebook said in a blogpost. We know many users forward helpful information, as well as funny videos, memes, and reflections or prayers they find meaningful. In recent weeks, people have also used WhatsApp to organize public moments of support for frontline health workers. However, we’ve seen a significant increase in the amount of forwarding which users have told us can feel overwhelming and can contribute to the spread of misinformation. believe it’s important to slow the spread of these messages down to keep WhatsApp a place for a personal conversation.
Facebook also added that we are working directly with NGOs and governments, including the World Health Organization and over 20 national health ministries, to help connect people with accurate information.
Is Whatsapp end to end encrypted?
Yes, Whatsapp is secured end to end encrypted, from calls, photos to media everything is secured and end to end encrypted. calls on WhatsApp are end-to-end encrypted by default to give you a secure place for your most personal conversations.