WhatsApp Message forwarding is changing? Wait, what will happen to all the chain mail and news about plastic rice? Also, will Nigerian aunts and mums be fine if they cannot send “Happy New Month” messages? Have the good people at WhatsApp considered what will become of awon mummy wa if they cannot disseminate this news???
Facebook Inc has decided to limit the message forwarding feature to 20 people. According to Business Insider, the change means it’ll be much harder for people to forward messages — including fake news — to lots of contacts at once.
In India, where viral fake news on WhatsApp has been blamed for increased mob lynchings, people will only be able to forward messages to five people at once. The previous forwarding limit was 250.
While this is very welcome news indeed, it certainly hampers people who used the feature for business or community activities.
For me, I know even if they limit it to 5 for Nigeria, I will still end up in my mum’s top five, so no escape for me.
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