Facebook introduced a restriction on messaging in the messenger to prevent the spread of fake news and malicious content. Messenger users can now send a message in up to 5 chats.
It is especially important that the coronavirus epidemic has begun to influence the whole world to avoid fake news. The world’s most popular instant messaging application WhatsApp further tightened the boundaries of messaging due to the pandemic and began to block users’ messages at more than five chats at a time.
Facebook, WhatsApp, announced restrictions on messaging to Messenger. Facebook noted that limiting message transmission is a very effective way to prevent the viral spread of fake news and malicious content, and noted that the message can only be transmitted to five different separate individual or group chats.
“We consider it critical to control the spread of fake news and harmful content as the global COVID-19 pandemic continues.” Facebook said that it has brought the said limit to enable users to access correct information more easily.
WhatsApp, which restricted its message forwarding feature for the first time in 2018 after fake news that spread virally in India and caused protests in which people lost their lives, stated in recent months that the message forwarding limit has reduced the number of messages transmitted by 70 percent.