WhatsApp’s new (and controversial) way to limit ‘fake news’

WhatsApp is testing a feature that will prevent us from sharing a forwarded message with multiple groups at once.

“Forwarded messages can only be sent to one group chat.” With this sentence, WhatsApp will start notifying users who want to forward a message to multiple groups at the same time. As reported WABetaInfo, WhatsApp wants to limit the number of times a message is forwarded to avoid “fake news” as much as possible.

It’s a feature that’s been tested for some time in Brazil, and WhatsApp already seems to have it ready for a global rollout. The limitation is already available in WhatsApp beta version number 22.7.0.76 for iOS, and it is expected that soon the app starts limiting the ability to forward forwarded messages to avoid spam and misinformation.

In Brazil, this limitation goes further and also differentiates a message forwarded once from a message forwarded multiple times: The first can be shared with up to five cats, while the second can only be transferred once. We will see if it also reaches more countries.

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What is this WhatsApp limitation?

The purpose of this function is clear, prevent a forwarded message from being shared “en masse” with all our groups, in order to somehow prevent the spread of fake news. When we receive a forwarded message, we can only forward it to one group, if we select more than one, a message will appear on WhatsApp.

As you can see from this screenshot, it is no longer possible to forward forwarded messages to more than one group chat at a time and this is an additional way to limit spam and misinformation. The new message forwarding rules only apply to messages that have already been forwarded.

This throttling when broadcasting a message to multiple groups only occurs with messages that have been forwarded to you, not with original publications. In other words, if you write a message, you can select several groups to send it at the same time without being affected by this new WhatsApp function.

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According to WABetaInfothe new limitation has already been implemented in some Android beta testers and WhatsApp is now enabling the same restriction for more users with the latest update WhatsApp for Android Beta 2.22.8.11 or WhatsApp for iOS Beta 22.7.0.76. It should reach more users in the coming weeks.

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