WhatsApp is cracking down on messaging forwarding, in an effort to control the spread of misinformation linked to the . If you get a message that's been forwarded more than five times, you can only forward it to one chat at a time.
"We know many users forward helpful information, as well as funny videos, memes, and reflections or prayers they find meaningful," WhatsApp said in a blog post Tuesday. "However, we've seen a significant increase in the amount of forwarding which users have told us can feel overwhelming and can contribute to the spread of misinformation."
Before now, you could send such messages to five chats at a time -- a limit the Facebook-owned messaging serviceafter in India were linked to false information that spread on the app.
You can still forward messages one at a time, but WhatsApp is hoping that the added friction will discourage people from casually spreading rumors. The company also bans around 2 million accounts a month for attempting to send bulk or automated messages.
WhatsApp teamed up with health officials toand provided a $1 million grant to fight misinformation linked to the disease. It's also reportedly for messages.
The new strain of coronavirus, which can develop into a respiratory illness known as, was discovered in Wuhan, China, in December and has spread worldwide in the months since. As of Tuesday morning, it had infected and caused over 74,000 deaths globally.