WhatsApp is deploying a new weapon to spread the disinformation

  • WhatsApp tries to prevent the spread of misinformation
  • Message forwarding is now restricted in the popular chat application
  • The feature was tested three years ago in Brazil, now it comes worldwide

WhatsApp is already used by over two billion users

The most popular chat application WhatsApp again receives one very interesting improvement. You may not notice it, but it could certainly help to significantly improve the situation in the field of disinformation war, which is more than current due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. What is it about and how exactly does it work?

WhatsApp fights the spread of misinformation

Disinformation has been, is and will be. This is something that is very difficult to fight. But what he can do is prevent them from spreading. And that’s exactly what he’s trying to do now WhatsAppwhich is used by more than 2 billion users per month.

Creative application they thought that restricting message forwarding could help, because that is the way disinformation is being chained and exponentially spread across current chat clients. Specifically, if a person wants to forward a message to more than one group, they will find that it is not possible.

WhatsApp restricts message forwarding

This is what the message that appears when you want to forward a message to more groups and spread fake news looks like


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It will not work without an application update

WhatsApp had already tested a similar feature in Brazil three years ago, and it’s hard to say why it hasn’t put it into live operation worldwide before. Anyway, better late than never, you might say. In addition WhatsApp is trying to fight misinformation for example, in a way that warns the user to forward the message more than five times.

The latest feature of WhatsApp to prevent the spread of misinformation simply by limiting the number of forwarded messages in group chats to a maximum of 1 is currently available in beta version 2.22.7.2 for the Android application and beta version 22.7.0.76 for the iOS application. It should be available to everyone in the coming days.


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