20 Chats Max: Whatsapp sets forwarding Limit
The beauty of WhatsApp was and in ways, it still is the simplicity of its one to one messages. Then came the “good night” messages, forwarded to hundreds of people at the same. But it didn’t stop at the messages. Nowadays, people not only forward the good quotes on WhatsApp, they also share fake news, misinformation and rumours.
This has played some role in the lynching of over two dozen people in India in the last six odd months. WhatsApp announced that it is now limiting the number of chats where a message can be forwarded at a time. Globally, the limit is 20 chats. In India, it is 5 chats because Indian has this huge problem of misinformation spreading through WhatsApp.
“Today, we’re launching a test to limit forwarding that will apply to everyone using WhatsApp. In India where people forward more messages, photos, and videos than any other country in the world we’ll also test a lower limit of 5 chats at once and we’ll remove the quick forward button next to media messages. We believe that these changes which we’ll continue to evaluate will help keep WhatsApp the way it was designed to be: a private messaging app,”
Once the restrictions on WhatsApp forwards are in place it will take a while as everyone updates the WhatsApp in their phones the new steps will mean you will have to make some effort to share that viral message with others.
The first good thing that you may note is the less number of those annoying messages. Thanks to the new limit, a message cannot be forwarded to more than 5 people in the contact list now at a time.
You will still be able to send a message to all people in your contact list, or to all the groups that you may have in your WhatsApp. But to do so, you will have to do it by forwarding the message to 5 chats at a time.
For example, if you want to forward a message to 20 chats, you will have to Share it a minimum of four times. This means you will have to make more effort to forward messages and will have to spend more time doing it, and that could mean a bit of speed-breaker on misinformation.