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WhatsApp Limits Message Forwards in Attempt to Fight Fake News

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Facebook Inc.’s WhatsApp messaging service has begun to globally restrict the number of people a message can be forwarded to, in an attempt to fight fake and misleading information from going viral on its platform.

The app tested limiting forwarding in India last summer, to five recipients or groups, as rumors and fake videos spread rapidly on its network that were subsequently linked to violence in the country.