The limit of messages forwarded on WhatsApp implemented by the Facebook company a few weeks ago, is bearing fruit and this type of messages have decreased 70% worldwide, as announced by the company.
The amount of garbage that circulates through instant messaging networks has been alarming for a long time. Trash and worse. The COVID-19 pandemic, as it usually happens every time a global impact issue arises, has increased hoaxes, misinformation and malware politically motivated or intended to defraud staff.
WhatsApp announced a limit on message forwarding earlier this month. Although in Spain you have read that it was a measure to “protect the government” and “against freedom of information” nothing could be further from reality. The measure was implemented globally for the 2 billion users and is an attempt to prevent and control the spread of millions of fake news feeds into the snowball.
The measure is not new and in 2018, WhatsApp began showing a small label about the forwarded messages, highlighting that they did not come from the same contact that broadcast it, in addition to limiting the number of simultaneous contacts to forward these messages.
In addition, if its implementation were motivated by governments, this would not be Spain but India, the main WhatsApp market whose government urged the messaging network (and other similar companies) to actively get involved to control the viral hoaxes that circulate on their platforms. about coronavirus infection.
In recent weeks, messages have circulated in India (as in all countries), claiming that they had been found treatments to combat COVID-19. All of them were false and some dangerous to health. Equally “dangerous” are those used by political motivations and those of malware, hackers who take advantage of the situation to spread virtual viruses, spam and scams.
The reduction of messages forwarded on WhatsApp is positive, although nobody can prevent them from being forwarded even if it is one by one, which is the limit set right now. As we always say, you have to appeal to responsibility and common sense from whom you receive the message.
It is very easy to viralize a false message. The difficulty lies in stopping for a minute to make a minimum contrast of the same and stop a chain with which we can harm the health or cybersecurity of family or friends. As for politically motivated messages, it is not our subject, but it should be remembered that governments arise from the free voting of citizens at the polls and are neither chosen nor exchanged for false, uninformed and / or conditioned messages in the social networks.