India lynchings: WhatsApp Sets New Rules After Mob Killings

OH NO! WhatsApp Group Chat users are going to be Raging with this new Update

f you’re anything like us then you have more than a few group chats going at the one time. There could be a chat between your BFFs, your work colleagues, your family… and then there are the few random ones thrown in for good measure too.

If there’s any scandalous news… or just someone acting the maggot online, you might even be having the same conversations with more than one chat.

You know yourself, the banter is mighty and you’re going from chat to chat in order to not miss out on anything.

WhatsApp has said it will limit how many times messages can be forwarded in India, to curb the spread of false information on its platform.

The announcement comes after a spate of mob lynchings were linked to messages that circulated on WhatsApp groups.

The government on Thursday reissued a warning to the company that it could face legal consequences if it remained a “mute spectator”.

With more than 200 million users, India is WhatsApp’s biggest market.

WhatsApp said its users in India “forward more messages, photos, and videos than any other country in the world”.

Groups on WhatsApp can have a maximum of 256 people. Many of the messages that are believed to have triggered violence were forwarded to multiple groups which had more than 100 members each.

In a blog published on its website, the company announced that it was “launching a test to limit forwarding that will apply to everyone using WhatsApp”.

And if you see some absolute gas meme or even a tweet that sent one chat on fire, you’re going to send it over to the other group so they can have the lols too.

However, with WhatsApp new update, you may not be able to do that anymore. A new feature on the app will show anything that has been forwarded. So, if you send on a gas video, everyone in the group chat will know you got it from someone else on Whatsapp.

As well as that, if you’re up at 2 am and want to text multiple people, WhatsApp is going to limit that to 5. Yep, you’ll only be allowed message 5 people at a time.

WhatsApp had responded by saying it was “horrified by these terrible acts of violence”, and that the situation was a “challenge that requires government, civil society, and technology companies to work together”.

The messaging app is the single largest internet-based service available to people in India. It has tremendous reach, allowing messages to spread exponentially and enabling mobs to gather quickly.

Earlier this month, the company outlined steps it was taking to help address the problem, which included enabling users to leave groups and block people more easily.

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