Facebook introduces forwarding limit on Messenger to curb misinformation

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Facebook has introduced a forwarding limit on Messenger, so messages can only be forwarded to five people or groups at a time, in order to control spread of viral misinformation and harmful content.
“Limiting forwarding is an effective way to slow the spread of viral misinformation and harmful content that has the potential to cause real world harm,” the US-based tech firm said in a statement.

Controlling the spread of misinformation is critical as the global COVID-19 pandemic continues and major elections in the US, New Zealand and other countries are looming, Facebook said, adding that steps aimed at providing people with greater transparency and accurate information.

“Our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Community Hub gives people access to up-to-date information and resources designed to help them stay safe. And our Voting Information Center and voter registration notifications ensure people know how to register to vote and encourage them to make their voices heard.”

The tech giant has introduced a forwarding limit on Messenger to help curb the efforts of those looking to cause chaos, sow uncertainty or inadvertently undermine accurate information.

Earlier this year Facebook introduced features like safety notifications, two-factor authentication, and easier ways to block and report unwanted messages.

This new feature provides yet another layer of protection by limiting the spread of viral misinformation or harmful content, and we believe it will help keep people safer online.