WhatsApp crackdown launched against group forwarded messages! | Tech News

WhatsApp crackdown launched against group forwarded messages!

WhatsApp crackdown has been launched against forwarded messages. WhatsApp has slashed the number of forwarded messages that can be shared further. You won’t be able to share for more than one group chat!

| Updated on: Aug 22 2022, 11:07 IST
WhatsApp is planning to cut the number of group forwarded messages in the coming weeks. (Bloomberg)

WhatsApp crackdown has been launched against group forwarded messages. This is to stop spread of misinformation and fake news! In the latest update, WhatsApp will slap new restrictions and limits on forwarding already forwarded messages. According to the WhatsApp updates tracker WABetaInfo, the instant-messaging app has introduced a new limit for forwarding messages in the WhatsApp beta for Android update, which prevents users from sending the forwarded messages to more than one group chat. And now, the same WhatsApp forwarded messages limitation is rolling out to the latest versions of WhatsApp for Android and iOS.

WABetaInfo also shared a screenshot that showed that WhatsApp didn't allow forwarding the forwarded message for more than one group chat at a time. WhatsApp users need to note that the new limit applies to the already forwarded messages only. Rest, for a new message, you can still forward it up to five chats at one time. When a message is forwarded through a chain of five or more chats, that message comes with a “Forwarded many times” label on top of it with a double arrow, which denotes that the message is at least five times away from the sender.

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"These messages can only be forwarded to one chat at a time, as a way to help keep conversations on WhatsApp intimate and personal. This also helps slow down the spread of rumors, viral messages, and fake news," the Meta-owned messaging app said in a blog post. While the messages with a single arrow with a 'Forwarded' tag can further share up to 5 chats at a time. But now with the latest update, every forwarded message will have a new limit of forwarding messages up to one group chat.

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This new forward message limitation has already been rolled out to a few Android beta testers, and now, WhatsApp is enabling the same to more users with the latest WhatsApp beta for Android update. Soon, more WhatsApp users will be able to get the same changes. What else is new in WhatsApp? Recently, WhatsApp has updated its voice messages with 6 new added features, which will be rolling out in the coming weeks. The new WhatsApp Voice Messaging features include -- Out of chat playback, pause and resume recording, waveform visualization of voice notes, voice message draft preview, remember playback option to pick up from where you left off last time, and fast playback feature to listen to different speeds.

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First Published Date: 02 Apr, 18:52 IST