Facebook will now allow users to forward messages to only five contacts on Messenger


At a time when are trying to get a hold on any news, fake news has become a real scourge and hence, Facebook has added a limit to forwarded messages on Messengers. After this, users will not be able to forward messages to more than five people or groups at a time.

This forwarding limit was earlier rolled out for WhatsApp that enabled users to forward messages to only one chat at a time. Before this, WhatsApp had also introduced a label “forwarded” with double arrows and this would enable users can differentiate the original and the forwarded messages.

“As a part of our ongoing efforts to provide people with a safer, more private messaging experience, today we’re introducing a forwarding limit on Messenger, so messages can only be forwarded to five people or groups at a time. Limiting forwarding is an effective way to slow the spread of viral misinformation and harmful content that has the potential to cause real-world harm,” Jay Sullivan, Director of Product Management, Messenger Privacy, and Safety, said in a blog post.

So, what essentially this means is that the new feature would not allow users to send any message to more than five people or groups at the same time. So, if you are trying to add more people to the forwarded list, all you get a pop-up message from Facebook which says “forwarding limit reached.”

We are introducing a forwarding limit on Messenger to help curb the efforts of those looking to cause chaos, sow uncertainty or inadvertently undermine accurate information,” Sullivan went on to add.

At a time when the Covid-19 pandemic has brought the world to a halt, it is no secret that fake news has become a problem and hence, apps and platforms like WhatsApp and Messenger but now with the cap of forwarding limits, this spread will help curb the spread of fake news.

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