WhatsApp controls message sharing to five, to curb fake news
SEE ALSO :WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram down"This will help keep WhatsApp focused on private messaging with close contacts. We'll continue to listen to user feedback about their experience, and over time, look for new ways of addressing viral content." This comes at a time when Facebook and WhatsApp are being investigated over their role in spreading propaganda through these platforms. WhatsApp has been working to curb the circulation of what technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad termed “sinister” content in India, the firm’s biggest market where it boasts over 220 million users. Such misinformation led to the lynching of over 30 people since January 2018, according to data portal IndiaSpend, prompting Prasad to call on WhatsApp to trace its origins. WhatsApp has previously declined to trace the origin of messages, citing security issues.
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