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WhatsApp blocks MILLIONS of texts with new shock update – and some people are affected as of today

WHATSAPP blocks users from forwarding certain types of messages to actually make the platform more secure.

The popular app will prevent people from sending viral messages to groups too quickly.

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Latest step to stop the spread of fake newsPhoto credit: Getty

With more than 2 billion users worldwide, the shock change could effectively block millions of texts, but there’s a good reason.

WhatsApp is concerned about the continued spread of fake news and scams, especially since the pandemic.

Forwarding allows the dissemination of misinformation to distribute it super fast, so a cap makes sense.

Meta’s own platform had already started forwarding limits in Brazil, but it now looks like the same will be applied globally.

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This last step is specific to already forwarded messages sent to groups.

You can only send it to one group at a time.

If you are the person who started the message before it went viral, there is no limit.

WhatsApp had already started testing the change on Android last month.

The latest leaked screenshots suggest that it’s now rolling out to beta testers on iOS too.

Corresponding WABetaInfoThe app plans to release the new restriction to more people in the coming weeks.

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As with any beta, WhatsApp bosses could well decide not to roll out the feature to the general public, but extended testing on iOS suggests they’re at least seriously considering it to combat fake news.

Of course, the shift doesn’t completely stop the widespread redirect, it just slows it down – so a scammer can still try, but it takes much longer.

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