By Deborah Mustapha
In a bid to improve, the brains behind the existence of Whatsapp has introduced major restrictions on the mass forwarding of messages in an attempt to stop the spread of misinformation in this Covid-19 era.
Compared to other social media platforms, WhatsApp has seen a rise in users spreading hoaxes, rumours and other kinds of false stories about coronavirus and another news update.
WhatsApp noted that mass message forwarding can also feel “overwhelming” as well as helping spread misinformation.
“We believe it’s important to slow and reduce the spread of these messages down to keep WhatsApp a place for personal conversation”.
Similarly, WhatsApp also testing feature of the display. However, users will be able to copy and be taken to a web search for the message, with the intention of letting them find articles that may debunk the message or shed further light on any claims found within it and not forward them on if they find the message is not true.
According to sources, the features of the upgrade are intended to stop users forwarding messages that have not necessarily been checked and are likely to include false claims.
“Not all of the messages are necessarily about WhatsApp, with memes such as the “Martinelli” video warning and fears around the “dance of the pope” surging in recent weeks as more users than ever talked on the app”.
“The app already marked messages that had been forwarded multiple times, adding double arrows to show that they had started life many messages ago, and that they “did not originate from a close contact”. Doing so was intended to show that the messages “are less personal compared to typical messages sent on WhatsApp”, it said.
However, now any message that has picked up that symbol – by being forwarded five times – will only be able to be passed onto one chat. Previously, the limit was five chats at once.
Speaking to Daily News Nigeria, many WhatsApp users saw the upgrade useless as the motive of upgrading should be for easier usage or additional keys usage.
WhatsApp Messenger, or simply WhatsApp, is an American freeware, cross-platform messaging and Voice over IP (VoIP) service owned recently by Facebook, Inc. It allows users to send text messages and voice messages, makes voice and video calls, and share images, documents, user locations, and other media.
In January 2018, WhatsApp released a standalone business app targeted at small business owners, called WhatsApp Business, to allow companies to communicate with customers and in early 2019, WhatsApp stickers were created as many app users prefer it to emojis.