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WhatsApp officially rolls out forward message limit for Indian users


New Delhi, Aug 8 (IANS) : With the Indian government talking tough on WhatsApp's failure to check the spread of fake and provocative content on its platorm, the instant messaging service on Wednesday said it has begun rolling out its forward message limit to five chats for over 200 million users in India.

The Facebook-owned platform last month announced to launch a test to limit message forwarding to five chats in India.

"The limit has started to appear this week for people in India who are on the current version of WhatsApp," the company said in a statement on Wednesday.

In addition, the instant messasing app also published a new video to educate its users, saying it is expanding its user education campaign on how to spot fake news and hoaxes.

"This week, WhatsApp is publishing a new video that explains the importance of the 'forward' label and calls users to 'double check the facts when you're not sure who created the original message,'" said the company.

People forward more messages, photos, and videos in India than any other country in the world.

Globally, the company allows users to forward messages for up to 20 chats (either individuals or groups).

WhatsApp said that with new changes, which it will continue to evaluate, "will help keep WhatsApp the way it was designed to be: a private messaging app".

"We are deeply committed to your safety and privacy which is why WhatsApp is end-to-end encrypted, and we'll continue to improve our app with features like this one," it said in an earlier statement.

Media reports surfaced this week, claiming the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) had asked telecom companies for ways to block social media platforms like WhatsApp, Facebook, Telegram and Instagram in case of threat to national security and public order.

The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), however, said the government should look for "more effective" steps to curb fake news and maintain public order, instead of blocking mobile applications.


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  • Sunil DSouza, Mangalore

    Thu, Aug 9 2018

    I have a better idea , why not water mark the photo with IP and time stamp from the originators device. For videos time stamp can be embedded as a meta data. Anyways one good thing with all this gammut is that during the coming elections we will have very less fake news forwards. O noticed that already the fake forwards have gone down in number.

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  • SMR, Karkala

    Thu, Aug 9 2018

    As per data compiled by the Ministry of Home Affairs, 45 persons were killed in 40 cases of mob lynching across nine states between 2014 and 3 March, 2018.

    CSSS found based on the reporting of these newspapers that since January 2014 to 31st July 2018, 109 incidents of mob lynching have taken place in India. These 109 incidents include bovine related vigilantism, “love jihad” vigilantism, vigilantism around the rumours of child lifting, violence related to identity markers like skull caps and also forced to chant Hindu supremacist slogans. Out of the 109 incidents, 22 incidents took place in Maharashtra, followed by Uttar Pradesh (19) and Jharkhand (10) . All the three states are BJP ruled states.

    This social media platform of WhatsApp action is too little and too late. This social media platform don't region office in India is not going to be accountable unless central government draft new law similar to Germany with hefty fines and blockade .

    Ironically, ours is the only nation in the world Prime Minister follows the troll who issue rape threat, murder, abuse and still tag by the followers 'proud to be followed by PM Narendra Modi'.

    There could even be around 20,000 people who work for the BJP IT cell from all parts of the country. If one does simple multiplication this five messages can even prove disaster for our nation. In this nation cost of influencing elections is cheap is what I thought. Political parties are using underpaid and overworked youths in large numbers to screw their own future.

    This is the reality of the 'Digital India' beyond control.

    Jai Hind

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  • Beowulf, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 8 2018

    This confirms that we Indians are stupid. We require babysitter to tell us what we can do and what we cant do.

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  • Truth Teller, Karnataka

    Wed, Aug 8 2018

    Why limit only 5 msg forward!?. They should completely ban msg forward!!!!. I am surprised government instead of taking tough measures on perpetrators is blaming social media which was the basis of their own success!!!!. Why only BJP ruled states are famous for lynchings!?. Why not ban BJP or limit BJP only to few seats in each state!!!???

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  • Lenson, Udupi/Africa

    Wed, Aug 8 2018

    BJP lost one wicket of publicity strategy

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  • Alwyn, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 8 2018

    Only BJP and its gang members messages will be free till 2019 election. These messages are sent as governments development theme. Wait and see my comments.

    DisAgree [4] Agree [16] Reply Report Abuse

  • Ben, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 8 2018

    So all ground work has started in India to launch Patandi new App "KIMBHO"

    DisAgree [4] Agree [21] Reply Report Abuse

  • naresh, mangalore

    Wed, Aug 8 2018

    So, then i cannot send this message to more than 5 groups then from now :)

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  • Truth Teller, Karnataka

    Thu, Aug 9 2018

    You can! But one time limit is 5 per session!. You have to repeat 5 msgs at a time, so it will be time consuming!

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  • Aubb, India / Kuwait

    Wed, Aug 8 2018

    Govt.'s ulterior motive is to curtail freedom of speech, and spreading of awareness against its fake propaganda to gain votes by dividing the nation.

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  • Raks Dsouza, Mangalore

    Thu, Aug 9 2018

    Freedom of speech as per your comfort?, why not freedom of speech on religion?

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  • Luv, Mlore

    Wed, Aug 8 2018

    China is always proactive about all development and security issues (preventive)
    whereas ..
    India is always reactive to all the security and developmental issues (Damage control).
    reforms in education, defense, infrastructure & everything.. we even plan water management after farmers commit suicide..

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  • shan, dubai

    Wed, Aug 8 2018

    People take advantage of free everywhere......... Personally if they meet their known people they will not wish ..... Good Morning but after whatsapp...... daily I am getting more than Good morning wishes from even unknown people.

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  • PenMightierThanTheSword!, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 8 2018

    sri_elder, Karkala — if you need some beef biryani or beef chilli fry can organise for Modi to accompany you to Pakistan and you will be satiated in the company of the other thug and Modi's bum-chum Nawaz Sherief!

    DisAgree [9] Agree [40] Reply Report Abuse

  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Wed, Aug 8 2018

    Please learn to buy cows from its owners directly by paying cash and then prepare beef

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  • PenMightierThanTheSword!, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 8 2018

    sri_elder, Karkala — for now you don't need to buy, will cook and give you for free! However, only hope after eating a yummy beef biriyani and beef chiili fry, you don't become a cow thief instead of buying beef to satisfy your palette 🤣😂🤣

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  • Peacelover, India

    Wed, Aug 8 2018

    The government itself is encouraging its IT cell to publish fake news and divide the people on the basis of religion to get vote from majority. The government failed to provide jobs to youth as promised, failed to bring black money as promised, failed in almost all fields, the only way left is to divide the people, create fear, and tell them that if you give vote we will protect you.

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  • Sunil N.J Dsouza, udupi/dubai

    Wed, Aug 8 2018

    You mean BJP government used cambridge analytica to spread fake news?

    DisAgree [2] Agree [33] Reply Report Abuse

  • JNB, Mangalore-Mumbai

    Wed, Aug 8 2018

    *you can copy and paste multiple times
    or
    Click the message or picture,click on : 3 dots on top right ,select share, select channels i.e emails,FB,Whatsapp etc it is possible to send.
    *only forward not possible more than 5 times.

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Wed, Aug 8 2018

    Do you have any thing to identify cow thieves?

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  • JNB, Mangalore-Mumbai

    Wed, Aug 8 2018

    *just install small microchip to cows you can navigate
    In advances countries they install same on pets it is trackable online.

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Wed, Aug 8 2018

    No no... I want WhatsApp send me message alert when cow thieves starts entering shed

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  • JNB, Mangalore-Mumbai

    Wed, Aug 8 2018

    *The moment your cow moved out GPS will alert you.
    It will work.

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  • Praveen, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 8 2018

    What abt cows from GoShala ? Whch factory thy going..? Sad but ths s truth..

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  • PenMightierThanTheSword!, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 8 2018

    You and your lynch mobs are the biggest cow thieves — you'll have no respect for humanity and like a disgusting low-life you talk about cows to propagate hatred and divide communities!!!

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  • nagesh nayak, bangalore

    Wed, Aug 8 2018

    WHATSAPP SHOULD BE BANNED.

    IT IS SPOILING HINDU CULTURE.

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  • Manohar, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 8 2018

    Whatsapp doesn't eat beef!

    DisAgree [5] Agree [53] Reply Report Abuse

  • AM, Dubai / Udupi

    Thu, Aug 9 2018

    hahahaha. Who told you to install WhatsApp.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Aug 8 2018

    I prefer Face Book ...

    DisAgree [11] Agree [37] Reply Report Abuse

  • Kuchan, Kudla

    Wed, Aug 8 2018

    Who cares.....

    DisAgree [32] Agree [13] Reply Report Abuse

  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Wed, Aug 8 2018

    Patanjalup is the best desi messenger!

    DisAgree [41] Agree [9] Reply Report Abuse

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