WhatsApp prohibits sending the same message to more than five contacts to combat fake news

Such measures were taken after the spread of killings due to rumors in India.

WhatsApp messenger (owned by Facebook) will prohibit users from sending messages to more than five contacts, reports Reuters. Thus, the messenger is trying to deal with “misinformation and rumors,” company representatives said.

According to Reuters, the corresponding update for the application will appear on January 21. The first users to get it are Android, and then iOS.

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WhatsApp first introduced message restrictions in July 2018 – users could only forward messages to 20 contacts or chats. Such measures were taken after the killings began in India on the basis of the spread of false news. The story became widely known when the inhabitants of the small village of Reinpad believed in rumors of “hunters for children’s organs.” Because of this, in July, local residents beat to death five tourists who simply arrived at the fair. Since April 2018, local residents have beaten to death at least 17 people.

In October, WhatsApp hired artists in India to travel around the country and talk about the differences between fake information and real information.

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