WhatsApp Takes War On Fake News WorldWide With New Restrictions

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WhatsApp faced backlash last year over how it attempts to curb misinformation following clashes and killings in India. This led the Facebook-owned company to introduce forward limit and the forwarding label in order to curb the of its platform for the widespread of misinformation.

After successfully testing in India, a WhatsApp executive had made it known on Monday that the forward restrictions now has a five-person limit worldwide. This smaller when compared to the twenty-person limit before.

“We’re imposing a limit of five messages all over the world as of today,” Victoria Grand, vice president for policy and communications at WhatsApp, said at an event in the Indonesian capital

WhatsApp with 1.5 billion users is very easy to be misused as the end to end encryption means there is no way to for abuse to checked.

The forward limit will be included and activated in the next update. Android users will get the update first, followed by Apple’s users.

Meanwhile, Microsoft Edge for Android now also has a new feature called the NewsGuard that also helps combat misinformation. NewsGuard had already made it to Google Chrome before.

“NewsGuard uses journalism to fight false news, misinformation, and disinformation. Our trained analysts, who are experienced journalists, research online news brands to help readers and viewers know which ones are trying to do legitimate journalism—and which are not.”

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