WhatsApp officially rolls out message forwarding limit for users in India

Doris Richards
August 9, 2018

In response to these notices, WhatsApp had outlined initiatives it is taking to curb fake news circulation, including education and advocacy efforts.

The more than 1.5 billion WhatsApp users reportedly send over 65 billion messages per day.

The report of the flaw comes as the Facebook-owned company is coming under increasing scrutiny as a means of spreading misinformation due to its popularity and convenience for forwarding messages to groups.

WhatsApp confirmed that it has begun rolling out its forward message limit in India, which is its biggest market at 200 million users, according to news agency IANS. In two iOS versions of WhatsApp, we did not face any restrictions on the number of forwards to chat, so this is likely a phased rolled out.

In July, the company said it would also test a policy of allowing a user to forward a media message only five times from one account.

WhatsApp has released a string of updates in the recent weeks to tackle the issue fake news.

WhatsApp is a convenient platform through which to forward messages to large groups of people.

India is the market where people forward more messages, photos and videos than any other country in the world, WhatsApp earlier revealed in a blogpost. However, there is a work around to forwarded messages, where people can also copy the message or save the media file to their device, and then share it again to multiple chats.

Israeli cybersecurity firm Check Point Software Technologies said Wednesday it had uncovered a security flaw in popular messaging app Whatsapp, that could allow hackers to modify and send fake messages in the popular social messaging app.

Check Point said the vulnerability gives a hacker the possibility "to intercept and manipulate messages sent by those in a group or private conversation" as well as "create and spread misinformation".

Previously delivered WhatsApp messages can reportedly be tweaked to change the content or the sender's identity, security researchers say.

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