New Delhi: In a bid to gradual the unfold of viral misinformation and dangerous content material, Fb has launched a forwarding restrict on Messenger, which implies that customers might be allowed to ahead a message to solely 5 individuals or teams at a time, identical to they do on WhatsApp.
“As part of our ongoing efforts to supply individuals with a safer, extra personal messaging expertise, in the present day we’re introducing a forwarding restrict on Messenger, so messages can solely be forwarded to 5 individuals or teams at a time. Limiting forwarding is an efficient option to gradual the unfold of viral misinformation and dangerous content material that has the potential to trigger actual world hurt,” Fb mentioned in a weblog submit.
The transfer comes after there was a surge in unfold of misinformation across the Covid-19 pandemic and main elections within the US, New Zealand and different international locations inch nearer.
“We’re introducing a forwarding restrict on Messenger to assist curb the efforts of these seeking to trigger chaos, sow uncertainty or inadvertently undermine correct data,” Fb mentioned.
Earlier this 12 months, Fb launched options like security notifications, two-factor authentication, and simpler methods to dam and report undesirable messages.
“This new characteristic offers yet one more layer of safety by limiting the unfold of viral misinformation or dangerous content material, and we consider it’ll assist preserve individuals safer on-line,” it mentioned.
In April this 12 months, Fb-owned WhatsApp introduced to introduce a brand new restrict on often forwarding messages the place a WhatsApp person can ahead such messages to at least one chat at a time.
This restrict kicks in as soon as a message has been beforehand forwarded 5 instances or extra.