WhatsApp Tests Restrictions on Message Forwarding for iOS

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Popular instant messaging platform WhatsApp has stated that will be introducing new limits for forwarded messages. This will limit the number of times a user can share a forwarded message in chat. The Meta subsidiary is doing this to curb the spread of misinformation. In this platform, forwarded messages are primarily responsible for the spread of misinformation. In March, WABetaInfo spotted this limit on WhatsApp Beta version for Android. Now, it appears that the Meta-owned company is introducing this limit on beta versions of the WhatsApp iOS app.

With the new limit, users can share messages with the “forwarded” tag with one group chat at a time. If users attempt to send it to more than one group chat at a time, WhatsApp will show a message stating it cannot be done. The message in the notification reads, “Forwarded messages can only be sent to one group chat.”

WhatsApp app open on iOS. Screen shows the message "Forwarded messages can only be sent to one group chat. Learn more" while attempting to forward to multiple groups.
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Users who need to forward it to multiple groups, need to manually select and send it to each group. According to WABetaInfo, this new restriction is effective, even if the message has been forwarded just once. As of right now, WhatsApp users on Android and iOS can share forwarded messages to a maximum of five users at a time.

Only beta testers on Android and iOS have come across this restriction so far. However, according to WABetaInfo, over the upcoming weeks, WhatsApp may gradually enable the limit to more users.

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