- WhatsApp now globally restricting message forwards feature to five chats.
- The restriction was first implemented in July, 2018.
- Users globally could previously send messages to 20 people at once.
Back in July 2018, WhatsApp imposed a limit on the message forwarding feature so that users can only send messages, audio, images or video to a limited number of people. After implementing the feature, globally, users could forward messages to 20 contacts at once. However, In India, WhatsApp users were restricted to forwarding messages to five contacts. This was done to curb the spread of fake news on the online messaging platform and it might be working since the company has now decided to implement the restriction of forwarding messages to five chat globally. WhatsApp says that this will “continue help keep WhatsApp focused on private messaging with close contacts.” It also adds that since implementing the restriction, the company has listened to feedback over a period of six months and after that decided to roll out the feature globally.