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WhatsApp, like all other platforms of a similar nature, had the problem of being an instrument for spreading false news. They used to be stupid chain letters, nowadays hate messages and false information are sent in large numbers or selectively distributed. WhatsApp introduced a new feature some time ago that would slow its spread on a large scale […]


WhatsApp, like all other platforms of a similar nature, had the problem of being an instrument for spreading false news. They used to be stupid chain letters, nowadays hate messages and false information are sent in large numbers or selectively distributed. WhatsApp introduced a new feature some time ago that should slow its spread on a large scale. According to one study, it worked.

WhatsApp: Study wants to be able to confirm that the spread of false news is less

Months ago, WhatsApp introduced a limit that messages can only be forwarded to 5 contacts at the same time. For one study, people tuned into thousands of public WhatsApp groups and thus were able to find out whether the spread of fake news could be contained.

Under the new limit, 80% of messages died within two days, but 20% were still highly viral and reached the entire network in that time. The result is not perfect as it again only uses public data, but it shows what seemingly small fixes can do.

WhatsApp confirms the results at least indirectly: “According to a company spokesperson, the forwarding limit has reduced the total number of messages forwarded on WhatsApp by 25%.”