"We know that many users find helpful information, as well as funny videos, memes and reflections or prayers, useful," said his blog post. "However, we have seen a significant increase in the amount of redirects that users have told us can feel overwhelming and can help spread misinformation."
So far, you could send such messages to five chats at the same time – a limitation that Facebook's messaging serviceafter in India have been linked to false information that has spread through the app.
You can still forward messages one at a time, but WhatsApp hopes the added friction will keep people from spreading rumors casually. The company also prohibits around two million accounts a month from trying to send mass or automated messages.
WhatsApp partnered with health officials toand provided a $ 1 million grant to help address related misinformation about the disease. It is also reported that was tested for messages.
The new coronavirus strain, which can develop into a respiratory disease calledwas discovered in Wuhan, China, in December and has spread worldwide over the months since then. By Tuesday morning, it and caused over 74,000 deaths worldwide.