WhatsApp officially rolls out forward-message limit for India users

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WhatsApp has already been criticised for not doing enough to halt the spread of fake news and misinformation, particularly in India where a large portion of its 1.5 billion users reside.

WhatsApp told the Times that it works to remove people using hacked versions of its service, but said the ability to manipulate quotes wasn't a flaw.

WhatsApp has started rolling the five chat limit for forwards in India.

This limit is applicable in India for its 200 million users who use the app on a regular basis.

WhatsApp has released a string of updates in the recent weeks to tackle the issue fake news. "This week, WhatsApp is publishing a new video that explains the importance of the "forward" label and calls users to double check the facts when they are not sure who created the original message", WhatsApp said elaborating on the 27-second video clip.

Last month, the app announced limits of forwarding messages following threats by the Indian government to take action after more than 20 people were butchered by crazed mobs after being accused of child kidnapping and other crimes in viral messages circulated wildly on WhatsApp.

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Have you found yourself put off by a friend's comment or shocked by words Mom wrote in a group message on WhatsApp?

WhatsApp hopes that by limiting the number of forwards, it will keep the platform a private messaging app, and also stop misinformation from spreading quickly. It also strips the chat of the forwarded label.

A newly-discovered WhatsApp bug allows hackers to infiltrate and message your group chats and private conversations.

"This claim has nothing to do with the security of end-to-end encryption, which ensures only the sender and recipient can read messages sent on WhatsApp", a WhatsApp spokesperson noted.

Israeli cybersecurity firm Check Point Software Technologies said Wednesday it had uncovered a security flaw in popular messaging app Whatsapp, that could allow hackers to modify and send fake messages in the popular social messaging app.

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