Facebook limits message forward in messenger to curb misinformation during pandemic

Facebook added that it is an “effective way to slow the spread of viral misinformation and harmful content.”


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Facebook limits message forward in messenger to curb misinformation during pandemic

Social media giant Facebook limits number of times a message can be forwarded in messenger. The company has limited the forwards of a message to five at once to curb misinformation during the pandemic.

According to the Executive Responsible for Messenger's Privacy and Safety, Jay Sullivan said in an official blog post, "Limiting forwarding is an effective way to slow the spread of viral misinformation and harmful content that has potential to cause real-world harm."

Facebook added that it is an “effective way to slow the spread of viral misinformation and harmful content.”

The decision has been taken in the view of COVID-19 pandemic and the spread of linked conspiracy theories as well as the upcoming elections in the United States, New Zealand and other countries.

In 2018, WhatsApp has introduced limit on forwarding messages to only five recipients at once. After WhatsApp rolled out limits on forwarding messages, the company has observed 70% drop in these kinds of messages.

As per Mashable, the company has also announced that it won't accept new political advertisements on it's platform in the week preceding the United States elections. Facebook also mentioned that it will remove posts that discourage people from voting by spreading fears of the Coronavirus.

Messenger has more than 1.5 billion users all over the world, and this is the second most popular messaging app after WhatsApp, which has 2 billion users on it's platform.

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