Facebook Inc.'s WhatsApp is limiting users' ability to forward messages across the platform, after criticism it has been used to spread misinformation and rumors, and sometimes stoke violence.

WhatsApp said it would limit to five the number of times a user could forward a message. Last year, the company put in place the five-message forwarding limit in India as a test. The platform was criticized heavily there after WhatsApp-spread messages were blamed for several killings.

The global rollout of the limit was disclosed in Indonesia, which faces a general election in April. Victoria Grand, WhatsApp's vice president for policy and communications, speaking in Jakarta Monday, said the move was aimed at fighting "misinformation and rumors," according to Reuters.

Some political analysts have said they worry social media, and allegations of fake news, could influence voters in Indonesia, the world's fourth most populous country. WhatsApp has been used extensively in Indonesian political campaigns, notably a gubernatorial election in Jakarta in 2017. The platform has been particularly vulnerable to criticism that it helps spread fake news.


Forward (v.) messages
to send a received message to another person for them to see it.

Misinformation (n.)
false or incorrect information that is spread to many people.

Stoke (v.)
to poke, stir up, and feed, usually, a fire but is used with situations as well.

Gubernatorial (adj.)
of or relating to a state governor or the office of state governor.

open to moral attack, criticism, temptation, etc.

導讀人:Nick Edwards


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