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Attention: WhatsApp Message Sharing gets new Policy

WhatsApp Message Sharing has a new policy concern how many times a user can share a single message. The new policy is meant to limit the App users from forwarding any single message up to five times. WhatsApp is was bought  by Facebook and since acquiring the Messenger app it has been bringing changes. Recently Stickers was introduced to WhatsApp and many users are loving it.

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Whatsapp is one of the most downloaded app in the world, you can send photos and videos  instantly to anyone on the globe. You can even capture the moments that matter to you most with a built-in camera. these moments can be shared it instantly to your friends on you contact. Like all well intention Apps, it can be abused. The new policy is welcomed one, let’s see why.

Why there is need for the new Policy on WhatsApp Message Sharing?

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The new policy is an effort to tackle the spread of false information on the platform. In the new policy users can only forward a single message up to five times. Prior to  now, users elsewhere could forward messages up to 20 times.

The policy had already introduced the policy in India six months ago. The move followed a number of mob lynchings that were blamed on fake reports spread via the service.

The update to the app’s rules was announced at an event in Jakarta, Indonesia. The country is holding its general election in April.

According to BBC, the firm told them it had made its decision after “carefully” evaluating the results of its half-year-long test in the country.

“The forward limit significantly reduced forwarded messages around the world,” a spokeswoman added.

“[This] will help keep WhatsApp focused on private messaging with close contacts. We’ll continue to listen to user feedback about their experience, and over time, look for new ways of addressing viral content.”

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What About WhatsApp Groups?

The new WhatsApp message sharing policy also affects sharing message to groups. Currently each WhatsApp group can only contain 256 members.

Now an individual can only share a message to 5 groups only unlike before that the user can share to 20 groups.

So, theoretically, a single user can now only forward a message up to 1,280 other individuals rather than the 5,120 people figure that had been possible previously.

That’s still a large number, because nothing is stop all 1280 members or less of a group from sending the same to 5 other groups or individuals.

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Granted, WhatsApp uses end – to – end encryption which ensures messages are only read by the sender and receiver. That offers privacy to the users but it also prevent WhatsApp from seeing the message or the nature of such message. This greatly limits it’s ability to spot a fake message making the rounds on the platform.

Instead of stifling policies and restrictions.  I  rather will recommend a continuous education of it users on the etiquette of using a messenger. The users should know the dangers of sharing fake new or reports without independently verifying.

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