WhatsApp has had a good influence with a measure.
Unfortunately, useful services are also used by malicious parties. So also WhatsApp. The US messaging service was ideally suited to disseminating fake news to get nonsense out into the world.
The culprit in question wrote one message and forwarded it to an X number of people. This triggered a chain reaction and fake news ended up with a lot of innocent users. Many of them do not investigate the reports themselves. And that is why they forward it again.
WhatsApp has therefore set a limit for forwarding messages. The message service now announces that that limit has an important contribution to reduce fake news. In a statement to TechCrunch , the company said that message forwarding has decreased 70 percent since the introduction of the forwarding limit. These are global figures.
The first measures were taken by WhatsApp in 2018. It was then set up that you could send forwarded messages to no more than five people at a time. In particular, a situation like the corona crisis brings up a lot of fake news. Think of the nonsense messages about 5G and COVID-19. Unfortunately, these kinds of messages have an effect in the real world. There are also victims in the Netherlands.