WhatsApp takes further measures to limit the spread of misinformation
by Georgi Zarkov / Jul 20, 2018, 5:54 AM
Until now, users could share a message to any number of groups they saw fit, but after the change, sharing will be limited to a maximum of 20 groups for users worldwide. For India, where the problem with misinformation is at its worse, that limit is only 5. Another restriction only for users is India is the removal of the "quick forward" function.
WhatsApp is calling these changes "a test" and will be monitoring the effect they have to decide if they will become permanent. It's likely that there will be even more changes in the future, if this batch is insufficient.
The reason India is targeted separately is that in recent months, news articles, containing false information, have been spreading through social media and WhatsApp in particular. While that happens everywhere, in India there have been cases in which people, misled by what they've read online, took matters into their own hands and imposed "justice", leading to multiple deaths.
Obviously, the measures won't prevent people from sharing fake news altogether, but the effect might be enough to prevent a critical mass of people being angry at something at the same time.
We find WhatsApp efforts on this matter admirable, considering the company could have just ignored the problem altogether, since it only provides the means for people to send messages.
source: WhatsApp via TechCrunch
Posts: 123; Member since: Aug 08, 2012
Changing the app because of what happened in India? - so stupid!
posted on Jul 20, 2018, 7:01 AM 1
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Stupid?! Well, you must be very stupid to know that.
posted on Jul 20, 2018, 8:31 AM 0
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This is why I don't use Facebook services......censorship at its finest.
posted on Jul 20, 2018, 8:30 AM 2
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Fake news should be CENSORED everywhere and if you say otherwise then you're d*mb af sweetie.
posted on Jul 20, 2018, 9:36 AM 0
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Absolute nonsense. If you're dumb enough to believe everything you read or hear without cross checking then it's people like you who are the problem. The mainstream media is very much regulated and you would know that if you'd ever heard of libel laws or the fcc. Stop listening to that moron Trump and Fox News. THAT is where fake news comes from.
posted on Jul 21, 2018, 4:49 AM 0
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What makes you believe I am from USA to care what Trump says. We don't have laws that regulate Media. Media houses are free to spread Fake half truths and get away by posting four line Corrigendum in last page of newspaper stacked in one corner that no one ever reads. When government tries to make laws to punish fake news peddler the same Mainstream media makes such noise claiming their right to free speech is being infeinged, Free Press is in danger while what is in danger is their right to spread agenda driven views. In this very regard Social Media is a great leveler but the establishment is feeling the heat as they see they no more control the narrative and how low life, non elite working class can disagree with their views that they want to curb free speech of common people
posted on Jul 21, 2018, 8:35 AM 0
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I personally find most Indians ingenuous and naive. They can easily fall prey to false rumors related to caste and creed; two very sensitive topics in the highly conservative nationalistic society. If there's a place where one can get lynched for consuming something as minor and harmless as 'beef' or perhaps for giving poor children some sweets and candies then you better believe there's something WRONG with that place and that society.
posted on Jul 20, 2018, 9:12 AM 3
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You seem like jobless to spend your entire time reading about other country. You don't know enough about India and the things you know are part of Western Racist media propaganda aginst native Indians. Cow slaughter for that matter is banned in almost 24 states out of 30. Still illegal cattle smuggling is run by syndicates to prove other community. Fact is far more people and Police officials are killed curbing this illegal cartel. India has fought wars for thosands of years for protection of Cow from invaders. Cow protection was a symbol of resistance against invading forces and still remains a sensitive issue to Indian culture. For the record in other parts of world HUMANS can be beheaded for as little act of drawing Profit Moohmad.
posted on Jul 20, 2018, 2:52 PM 3
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