WhatsApp to limit chats one can forward to curb COVID-19 misinformation
Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp issued new measures on Tuesday which will see a limited number of conversation/chats one can send and forward to curb misinformation around coronavirus (COVID-19).
World Health Organization (WHO) has called an “infodemic” of misinformation around the coronavirus, prompting governments across the world to urge social media companies to do more to combat the problem.
The pandemic has killed more than 82,000 people worldwide, prompting WHO to shift blame towards social media platforms, accusing them of continuing to contribute fears among the public.
In a blog post, WhatsApp said it made the change after observing a significant increase in the number of forwards since the start of the coronavirus crisis.
“We believe it’s important to slow the spread of these messages down to keep WhatsApp a place for personal conversation,” the statement said.
The platform has more than 2 billion users worldwide, and with the new measure in place, it is not known until when they will be struck off.
The service has been imposing gradual curbs on message forwarding since 2018, after viral rumours on its platform triggered a wave of mass beatings and deaths in India.