Facebook Messenger now has a forwarding limiter in hopes of stopping misinformation being spread through private messages.
Facebook Messenger. The limiter was recently revealed in a particular Facebook Newsroom blog post that briefly explained the brand new rule that has recently been introduced in order to provide users with a much safer and also a more private messaging experience.
Another reason for this is to stop the spread of misinformation particularly during the whole COVID-19 health crisis and also in order to help limit the amount of misinformation being spread about the major elections coming up in the United States.
Will the limiter be good or bad for users?
According to Facebook’s statement regarding the new feature, the limit of forwarding will be an effective way of eventually slowing down the spread of the viral misinformation as well as harmful content that definitely has the potential of causing a degree of harm within the real world.
These changes actually just follow a more similar limit on another one of Facebook’s apps, the WhatsApp, that was previously introduced in July. The new limiter is apparently supposed to limit the ability of users to forward messages towards multiple chats all at once.
The reliable encrypted messaging platform even cited events in India as a particular example of just how the effects of spreading fake news could affect different people around the world. Facebook Messenger has also been a victim of fake news being forwarded to a lot of people but there are no reports that are able to top what happened with WhatsApp in India.
The power of fake news
Some time earlier this year, there were a series of viral message-related crimes going on inside India that later on resulted in 12 lives being taken in a span of only a month. One incident actually left one man dead while leaving two others gravely injured after certain false rumors went viral within WhatsApp taht they had actually tried to abduct certain children.
WhatsApp commented on the incident stating that it was definitely “horrified” by the whole violence in India. Through this incident came the innitiative to add several changes in order for them to be able to address the issue.
The Facebook Messenger limiter
The known Facebook Messenger limiter has not yet revealed any specifics as to how many forwards are possible within the app but there should be an update coming out really soon. The Facebook Messenger limiter will later on push users to be more careful with the type of content they are sharing around.
The new Facebook Messenger is just one of Facebooks many updates that are happening drastically in order to both protect users, the company and also to improve user experience. Just a few days ago, Facebook even phased out the classic format of the website making users use the newer version.
Users can expect a few more features to become obsolete in a matter of time as Facebook is slowly updating their whole user experience.
Either you’re using an iPhone, an Android, or a computer, this update is for all!