In an effort to combat misinformation and the spread of fake news, Facebook is now limiting Facebook Messenger messaging to five people or groups. Facebook-owned WhatsApp had launched a similar feature in 2018. The feature was originally available in India and was then expanded globally.
As part of our ongoing work to provide people with a more secure and private messaging service, we are today introducing a forwarding limit on Messenger so that messages can only be forwarded to five people or groups at a time. Restricting forwarding is an effective way to slow down the spread of viral misinformation and malicious content that has the potential to cause harm in the real world.
Once the feature is unrolled, you will not be able to forward messages to more than five people or groups at a time. If you try to forward the message to more than five people, you will get an alert that says “forwarding limit reached.”
We feel that Facebook did the right thing by limiting Messenger forward. Major elections are fast approaching in the United States and New Zealand. Hopefully, the new feature will reduce the spread of misinformation, fake news and harmful content. In recent times, there have been several cases where misinformation on social media platforms gave rise to chaotic situations in the real world.[via Messenger News]