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September 25, 2020
Facebook Messenger limits forwarding

Facebook Messenger Joins WhatsApp in Limiting Forwarding to Fight Against Misinformation

Facebook is placing limits on forwarding Messenger conversations, following the same change it made to another subsidiary, WhatsApp…

In a continued effort to stop the spread of misinformation, Facebook is now placing a forwarding limit on Messenger. From now on, users can only forward a message to five people or groups at a time. The social network says it is to help prevent hoaxes, misleading content, or even harmful information. This, after it did the same for another one of its subsidiary companies, WhatsApp, back in April. (That resulted in a 70 percent decrease in message forwarding globally.)

Facebook Messenger Limits Forwarding to Curb the Spread of Misinformation

Facebook is making the move ahead of the coming election. But, it’s also a continuation of a longer strategy to substantially reduce or nearly eliminate the proliferation of fake news, bad information, and even misleading content. Jay Sullivan, Director of Product Management, Messenger Privacy and Safety explains:

“As a part of our ongoing efforts to provide people with a safer, more private messaging experience, today we’re introducing a forwarding limit on Messenger, so messages can only be forwarded to 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.

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