Meta-owned instant messaging platform WhatsApp is currently testing a new feature that will limit the spread of misinformation on the platform. Yes, the messaging platform will reportedly prevent forwarded messages from a group from being forwarded. This feature has been available in Brazil since last year and the company is all set to bring it to other countries soon. After this the forwarded message cannot be forwarded again.
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According to a report by WABetaInfo, the feature that brings limits for forwarded messages is currently being tested for iOS users. This feature is available in WhatsApp iOS beta version 184.108.40.206 and is expected to be available soon for Android users as well. After this, any group message cannot be forwarded to the desired one.
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After the new feature, WhatsApp will limit users from forwarding already forwarded messages to more than one group. In this way, after the introduction of this feature, you will not be able to forward the forwarded message to other groups.
However, this feature will not be limited to personal chat and any forwarded message can be forwarded further. This means that individual messages can be forwarded to as many as you want.
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Thus, if you also use an iPhone and are also a user of WhatsApp Beta, then you can test the change in forwarding of messages. Whereas Android users will have to wait a bit for this new feature.
Notably, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, WhatsApp introduced some features related to forwarded messages to combat the spread of misinformation. This was the time when a lot of misleading information related to coronavirus and vaccine related was being spread on the messaging platform.