One of the nice things about social media was sharing some items with large groups of your friends. Not exactly social media if you can’t be social. In an effort to prevent viral misinformation, Messenger is now limited to forwarding messages to five people at a time. So much for you spreading election related information using Facebook as your soapbox…

The company thinks it’s an “effective way to slow the spread of viral misinformation and harmful content.” And it’s not entirely wrong. Often misinformation is spread through people sending messages without really checking information. After the company rolled out limits on forwarding viral messages in WhatsApp, it observed a 70% drop in these kinds of messages.

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