Facebook-owned company WhatsApp is making new changes in order to curb the spread of fake new via its social messaging service. Last month, WhatsApp shared it’s plans to limit message forwarding, making it harder for people to forward messages to larger groups. This decision had come after the Indian authorities sought curbs on the spread of rumours that have led to violent incidents in the country.
WhatsApp Message Forwarding is a tool with which people forward each other messages without any authentication. WhatsApp has now limited message forwarding to five chats at once and will remove the quick forward button next to media messages.
Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg said that the company would be updating its stance on fake news that perpetuates violence. Instead of simply trying to hide those posts on the service, as it does with other posts promoting false news, he said Facebook plans to take that kind of content down entirely.
In a yet to get the another bid, with the problem of getting fake news on its platform, Whatsapp had last month also rolled out the “Suspicious Link indicator” feature that can easily detects the suspicious link and also notifies the recipient before they opened that link. Another disclaimer will come as a popup up to warn user after the user clicks on the such links.
Earlier this month, WhatsApp's latest major feature, group video and voice calling had rolled out widely to all Android and iPhone users globally. While video and voice calling have been a feature on WhatsApp since 2016, the number of participants had previously been limited to two. There is a limit of up to 4 participants in one call.
Separately, last week, a report had suggested that WhatsApp might be working on a new picture-in-picture video feature for Android. This development comes months after WhatsApp for iOS had received the feature back in January this year.
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