Users of WhatsApp applications around the world can only extend messages to five recipients at one time, the company has taken the measures against ‘misinformation and rumors’, the executive said.
“We limit only five messages worldwide starting from January 21 evening,” said Victori Grand’s vice president of communications and communications at a ceremony in Jakarta.
Previously, the app users could extend the message to 20 individuals or groups.
The five recipient limits were extended to the rest of the world after it imposed the action in India last July later the spread of rumors in social media that led to murder and attempted murder.
WhatsApp, which has 1.5 billion users, is trying to find a way to stop the abuse of the app, following global concerns that it is used to spread false news, manipulate pictures, video without context, and fake audio, with no way to monitor the origin of the news.
WhatsApp will release updates to activate the new message extension limit, which is already implemented, said its communications chief Carl Wong.
Android users have started receiving updates followed by iOS users.