Latest Facebook Messenger update will enforce a new forwarding limit to the Facebook platform. Users will now be able to forward a certain message to a maximum of only five contacts or a single group. Whenever a user will attempt to select more than five contacts to forward a message, a notification will appear to inform that the user has already reached the forwarding limit.

Facebook aims to limit the spread of fake news and misinformation on its platform through its latest move. However, one can’t help point the fact that theFacebook Messenger forward limit comes long after the Facebook-owned WhatsApp introduced a similar feature. Notably, to cut down on misinformation, WhatsApp has further restricted the forwarding limit to just one chat at a time in several countries. Furthermore, the popular messaging app has also introduced a new WhatsApp feature to enable web search for viral messages to verify their claims.

Facebook had also been working on this messenger update for quite some time now. The tech giant had reportedly started testing the messenger feature in March earlier this year. The update will initially be rolled out only in certain countries. However, it is expected to reach all its users globally by September 24.

Messenger Forward Limit Comes Ahead Of US Elections

Jay Sullivan, Director of Product Management, Messenger Privacy and Safety noted in her recent blog post that by limiting forwarding, the app hopes to effectively slow the spread of viral misinformation that can cause real world harm.

Interestingly, amidst much scrutiny, the update comes ahead of elections in New Zealand and United States.Eyebrows have often been raised concerns on how Facebook or social media in general can be misused in times of elections in today’s digital world.

Specifically, ever since the Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data scandal, the social media giant has constantly been under scrutiny for its data handling. Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic and our increasing dependence on tech has definitely not helped these concerns in any way.

Sullivan also noted, “We believe controlling the spread of misinformation is critical as the global COVID-19 pandemic continues and we head toward major elections in the US, New Zealand and other countries.”

Also Read: WHY TRUMP ADMINISTRATION BANNED WECHAT BUT NOT FACEBOOK?

Additionally, in another Facebook 2020 update, the platform will soon start to blur photos received from unknown users. Moreover, it has also introduced an App Lock feature on Facebook Messenger that allows users to set biometric fingerprint or facial features to unlock their app.

Facebook aims to limit the spread of fake news and misinformation on its platform through its latest move. However, one can’t help point the fact that theFacebook Messenger forward limit comes long after the Facebook-owned WhatsApp introduced a similar feature. Notably, to cut down on misinformation, WhatsApp has further restricted the forwarding limit to just one chat at a time in several countries. Furthermore, the popular messaging app has also introduced a new WhatsApp feature to enable web search for viral messages to verify their claims.

Facebook had also been working on this messenger update for quite some time now. The tech giant had reportedly started testing the messenger feature in March earlier this year. The update will initially be rolled out only in certain countries. However, it is expected to reach all its users globally by September 24.

Messenger Forward Limit Comes Ahead Of US Elections

Jay Sullivan, Director of Product Management, Messenger Privacy and Safety noted in her recent blog post that by limiting forwarding, the app hopes to effectively slow the spread of viral misinformation that can cause real world harm.

Interestingly, amidst much scrutiny, the update comes ahead of elections in New Zealand and United States.Eyebrows have often been raised concerns on how Facebook or social media in general can be misused in times of elections in today’s digital world.

Specifically, ever since the Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data scandal, the social media giant has constantly been under scrutiny for its data handling. Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic and our increasing dependence on tech has definitely not helped these concerns in any way.

Sullivan also noted, “We believe controlling the spread of misinformation is critical as the global COVID-19 pandemic continues and we head toward major elections in the US, New Zealand and other countries.”

Also Read: WHY TRUMP ADMINISTRATION BANNED WECHAT BUT NOT FACEBOOK?

Additionally, in another Facebook 2020 update, the platform will soon start to blur photos received from unknown users. Moreover, it has also introduced an App Lock feature on Facebook Messenger that allows users to set biometric fingerprint or facial features to unlock their app.