Facebook is limiting forwarding on Messenger in a bid to stop the spread of viral misinformation.
Just like WhatsApp, it is capping forwarding of messages to a maximum of five people or groups at a time.
“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,” wrote Jay Sullivan, Director of Product Management, Messenger Privacy and Safety in a blog post.
He noted that controlling the spread of misinformation is critical as the global COVID-19 pandemic continues and we head toward major elections in the US, New Zealand and other countries.
Introducing a forwarding limit on Messenger will help curb the efforts of those looking to cause chaos, sow uncertainty or inadvertently undermine accurate information.