Facebook Inc's WhatsApp messenger service announced that it has globally lowered the number of times a user can forward a message to five contacts or groups
Previously, a WhatsApp user could forward a message to 20 individuals or groups
Starting from 21 January, users of devices running Google's Android system will receive the update first, followed by users of Apple Inc's iOS.
The change to WhatsApp was made in a bid to fight "misinformation and rumours"
Following global concern that the platform was being used to spread fake news, photos, videos, and audio hoaxes with no way to monitor their origin or full reach, WhatsApp has been trying to find solutions to prevent misuse.
Last July, the spread of false information on social media led to killings and lynching attempts in India, Free Malaysia Today reported.
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