Facebook Messenger has added a forwarding limit to let users forward messages only to five people or groups at a time. The new development is aimed to minimize the spread of viral misinformation and curb the circulation of fake news through the messaging platform. In 2018, Facebook brought a similar forwarding limit to WhatsApp in India, expanded to global markets in January final year. Meantime, in April, WhatsApp narrowed down the limit of often forwarded messages to one chat at a time. The Messenger app also recently added new privacy features, including the ability to lock the app on iOS devices.
With the addition of the forwarding limit to Messenger, you will be unable to forward any specific message to more than five people or groups concurrently. Whether you try to add any new users to your forwarding list, the app will show you a notification saying, “forwarding limit reached.”
“Limiting forwarding is a good way to slow the spread of viral misinformation and harmful satisfied that has the potential to bring real world harm,” said Jay Sullivan, Director of Product Management, Messenger Privacy and Safety, in a blog post on Thursday.
This feature was once first hinted at in March when it was once being tested internally, but now Facebook seems to have started rolling out the forwarding limit on Messenger. It’s likely being done in a phased manner at presence, as it isn’t being applied to forwards these days. Alternatively, considering its importance, the new offering is likely to be given to all users in the coming days.
The addition of the forwarding limit feature comes just ahead of major elections in New Zealand and the USA. Also, it works moderately very similar to how the forward message limit is to be had on WhatsApp since August 2018.
Excluding limiting message forwards, the WhatsApp team may be trying to limit often forwarded messages on the immediate messaging app. It added a “Incessantly Forwarded” message label in August final year and narrowed down the limit of often forwarded messages to one chat in April this year.
In July, Facebook Messenger received an update with App Lock to let users use biometrics fingerprint or facial features to unlock their app. The social media giant also announced that it would start blurring photos received from unknown users to help view the satisfied before replying to the message or blocking or reporting the account of someone you can not realize.
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