WhatsApp Looking to Further Limit Forwarding of Messages in New Update


Two years ago, WhatsApp announced that it would start labelling messages that had been forwarded many times as a way to curb misinformation. The company is now working on limiting the number of times the messages can be forwarded as a way to boost its efforts against misinformation.

A new update on WhatsApp beta for Android version now indicates that messages marked as ‘forwarded’ can only be forwarded to one group chat at a time. From the screenshot below, once  message has been forwarded once, it is not possible to forward it to another group chat again.


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This means that users will not be able to send or broadcast a forwarded message to all the groups they are in. Instead, the messaging platform will make the process somewhat tedious, necessitating users to copy and paste the message if they want to send it to other groups.

The new limitation differs from the previous one which marked forwarded messages after it was forwarded four times. WhatsApp has a counter that keeps track of how many times a message is forwarded, but it cannot see this counter because messages are end-to-end encrypted.

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Written by Vanessa Murrey

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