WHATSAPP is making it harder to deliver messages that may contain harmful or misleading information.
In an upcoming update, the US chat app is expected to put a new limit on how many times you can forward a text.
The change was detected by WABetaInfoa site that searches for the code of early versions of WhatsApp before they are released.
In a recent beta for the Android version of the app, WhatsApp blocked users from forwarding messages to more than one group chat.
If you want to forward text to a second or third chat, you’ll need to select it and re-forward it, says WABetaInfo.
“Once a message is marked as forwarded, you cannot forward it to multiple group chats at once,” the website says.
It added that the new limit is currently rolling out to beta testers and will be enabled for everyone over the next few days.
It’s not clear why WhatsApp introduced the new restrictions.
Previously, the company restricted forwarding on its app as a way to limit the spread of dangerous misinformation that was unchecked.
As WhatsApp tests new tools and settings, it rolls out them to a small group of people as part of a “beta” test.
Some websites, such as WABetaInfoBe a member of WhatsApp’s legendary beta program and quickly share whatever they find.
That means fans can get a glimpse of WhatsApp’s upcoming features long before they’re released to the average user.
Remember that a feature appearing in beta does not necessarily mean it will be released to the general public.
However, early versions of the app are generally a good barometer of what users can expect coming to the app in the coming months.
This isn’t the first time WhatsApp has cracked down on retweeted content in an attempt to stamp out hoaxes.
In March 2019, the chat app added a label that automatically indicates whether a message has been forwarded or not.
A year later, a limit on the number of times a message can be forwarded was introduced to prevent a wave of fake news from spreading on the app during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Thousands of users read well-publicized statements about the cause of the deadly virus and forwarded them to their contacts.
How to download WhatsApp beta
To download the WhatsApp beta for your smartphone, you need to go to Google Play on Android and search for WhatsApp.
Scroll down the page until you see “Become a Beta Tester”.
Click the “I Join” button and then click “Join” to confirm.
Now all you have to do is wait for the app’s beta update.
Joining WhatsApp beta on iPhone is more difficult and storage is limited.
Follow Apple’s instructions this.
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