As the maximum World is in the lockdown mode, people become more active on social media. This is the only way to stay connected after-all. Besides, the other side of the coin also increased. I mean, spreading misinformation.
All the health organizations, NGOs, media are trying to prevent the spread of misinformation. For example, Google launched a website only for COVID-19 related information, the Indian Government launched the Aarogya Setu app and so on. Now, WhatsApp announced their steps.
WhatsApp is one of the renowned and used media all over the World. So, a huge percentage of wrong information people are spreading through it. The authority is working against it for a long time. They already introduced the double arrow sign on the top of forwarded messages. Along with it, they set a limit of up to five people or groups a person can forward a message at a time. As per WhatsApp’s official post, this step decreases 25% message forwarding.
The Authority declared they are going to be more strict. They are reducing the message forwarding limit to one. That means a person can forward a message to only one person at a time.
To be honest, they are not against message forwarding. In the official post, they said, “We know many users forward helpful information, as well as funny videos, memes, and reflections or prayers they find meaningful.”
They also added, “In addition to this change, we are working directly with NGOs and governments, including the World Health Organisation and over 20 national health ministries, to help connect people with actual information.”
The restriction is not applied yet. But WhatsApp is preparing for it, I’m sure. Lastly, Stay Home, Stay Safe, Stay away from misinformation.
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