At the beginning of the month we reported here that the Whatsapp had taken the decision to limit the forwarding of messages from third parties to others. With that, people can only resend a message they receive to a single contact.
According to the company, already in the week following the imposition of this limit, there was a reduction of about 70% dissemination of viral messages, including the famous fake news.
One of the big problems today is the fact that viral messages are often used as a way to spread false news. And this is due to the bad habit of people passing on the content they receive without first finding out if that is true or not.
Then, with each user being able to forward messages to up to five other contacts, when the information was of low quality, it ended up spreading very fast. as if it were a fake news pandemic.
To try to limit the use of the app for this type of thing, WhatsApp limited this month to the possibility of forwarding an incoming message. Now it is only possible to do this to a single person.
This is not the first time this has happened. In 2018, the service imposed the first limitation of its kind by limiting referral to a maximum of 20 contacts (and after a while, to only 5). As we said at the time, that would help, but it was not the solution to the problem. In fact, it helped to reduce just 25% of the spread of viral messages.
Now they claim that the results were much greater, worldwide.
We recently introduced a limit on sharing “highly forwarded messages” for just one chat. Since the implementation of this new limit, globally there has been a 70% reduction in the number of highly routed messages sent on WhatsApp.
This helps, but what will really prevent false information from being disseminated over the internet you change yourself. If you do not go over anything you have received before checking whether it is real or not (as much as you would love it to be true), we will have less disinformation circulating on the internet.
Each of us is responsible for what we disclose, and even when it seems to be unimportant, it may be helping to create misconceptions and thoughts that do not match reality.
We live in a time when we can have all the information of humanity in the palm of our hand. So use it in a positive way, educating yourself and trying to learn more and more. Because being lazy and letting the app think for you won't get anyone anywhere.