Doubts over effectiveness of WhatsApp's text-forwarding curb

Observers say that while spread of fake news will be slowed, there are ways to get around the restriction

WhatsApp said the forwarding limit significantly reduced forwarded messages around the world, and that it would continue to evaluate the effects of the changes.
WhatsApp said the forwarding limit significantly reduced forwarded messages around the world, and that it would continue to evaluate the effects of the changes.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

A move by messaging service WhatsApp to limit the number of times users can forward a message would slow the spread of fake news, said observers, though some cautioned that malicious senders could still get around the restriction.

Previously, users could forward a message to 20 individuals or groups. WhatsApp has now reduced the number to five.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 23, 2019, with the headline 'Doubts over effectiveness of WhatsApp's text-forwarding curb'. Subscribe