Whatsapp to limit forwarding of messages to one chat at a time #COVID19

Whatsapp has announced that users can only forward messages to one chat at a time. Previously, messages could only be forwarded to 5 chats at once. The change was announced on Whatsapp’s blog post “Keeping WhatsApp Personal and Private” on April 7 2019.

From the blog post :

“Last year we introduced users to the concept of messages that have been forwarded many times. These messages are labeled with double arrows to indicate they did not originate from a close contact. In effect, these messages are less personal compared to typical messages sent on WhatsApp. We are now introducing a limit so that these messages can only be forwarded to one chat at a time…..Is all forwarding bad? Certainly not. 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. We believe it’s important to slow the spread of these messages down to keep WhatsApp a place for personal conversation.

Whatsapp Blog Post “Keeping WhatsApp Personal and Private

This change should appear soon. In Trinidad and Tobago, there are many messages being forwarded to Whatsapp chats. And unfortunately, lots of misinformation related to #COVID19.