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WhatsApp officially rolls out forward message limit for Indian users

IANS  |  New Delhi 

With the talking tough on WhatsApp's failure to check the spread of fake and provocative content on its platorm, the service on Wednesday said it has begun rolling out its forward message limit to five chats for over 200 million users in

The Facebook-owned platform last month announced to launch a test to limit message forwarding to five chats in

"The limit has started to appear this week for people in who are on the current version of WhatsApp," the company said in a statement on Wednesday.

In addition, the instant messasing app also published a new video to educate its users, saying it is expanding its user education campaign on how to spot fake news and hoaxes.

"This week, is publishing a new video that explains the importance of the 'forward' label and calls users to 'double check the facts when you're not sure who created the original message,'" said the company.

People forward more messages, photos, and videos in India than any other country in the world.

Globally, the company allows users to forward messages for up to 20 chats (either individuals or groups).

said that with new changes, which it will continue to evaluate, "will help keep the way it was designed to be: a private messaging app".

"We are deeply committed to your safety and privacy which is why WhatsApp is end-to-end encrypted, and we'll continue to improve our app with features like this one," it said in an earlier statement.

surfaced this week, claiming the (DoT) had asked telecom companies for ways to block platforms like WhatsApp, Facebook, and in case of threat to national security and public order.

The (COAI), however, said the government should look for "more effective" steps to curb fake news and maintain public order, instead of blocking mobile applications.



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First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 14:46 IST