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WhatsApp puts strict limit on message forwarding to help fight COVID-19 misinformation

As the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic continues, there has been a rapid increase in the volume of false information and scams related to new about the diseases being shared either maliciously or accidentally, through all types of social media, leaving big tech companies trying to crack down.

It’s the latest step by WhatsApp to limit how fast messages can spread: in January last year it already set limits on forwarding messages to constrain virality, allowing users to only forward messages to five chats at once. WhatsApp said this caused a 25% decrease in total message forwards globally.

The company said it bans two million accounts per month for attempting to send bulk or automated messages. Learn more