- Facebook has added a limit to forwarded messages on Messengers.
- Users will not be able to forward messages to more than five people or groups at a time.
- Facebook had earlier rolled out the forwarding limit for WhatsApp.
In a bid to curb the spread of fake news, Facebook has added a limit to forwarded messages on Messengers. Now, the users will not be able to forward messages to more than five people or groups at a time. Facebook had earlier rolled out the forwarding limit for WhatsApp that enabled users to forward messages to only one chat at a time. Prior to this, WhatsApp had also introduced a label "forwarded" with double arrows so that users can differentiate the original and the forwarded messages.
"As a part of our ongoing efforts to provide people with a safer, more private messaging experience, today we're introducing a forwarding limit on Messenger, so messages can only be forwarded to five people or groups at a time. Limiting forwarding is an effective way to slow the spread of viral misinformation and harmful content that has the potential to cause real-world harm," Jay Sullivan, Director of Product Management, Messenger Privacy, and Safety, said in a blog post.
The new feature would not allow users to send a particular message to more than five people or groups at the same time. And if you try adding more people to the forwarded list, you will get a pop message from Facebook saying "forwarding limit reached."
"We believe controlling the spread of misinformation is critical as the global COVID-19 pandemic continues and we head toward major elections in the US, New Zealand and other countries. We've taken steps to provide people with greater transparency and accurate information. Our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Community Hub gives people access to up-to-date information and resources designed to help them stay safe. And our Voting Information Center and voter registration notifications ensure people know how to register to vote and encourage them to make their voices heard. We are introducing a forwarding limit on Messenger to help curb the efforts of those looking to cause chaos, sow uncertainty or inadvertently undermine accurate information," Sullivan further said.
It is no secret that fake news travels faster through the messaging apps and platforms like WhatsApp and Messenger but now with the cap of forwarding limits, the spread will definitely slow down if not diminish completely.
Earlier, Facebook had rolled out new features for messenger including the two-factor authentication, safety notifications, login alerts, and more to protect the privacy of users.