WhatsApp to limit message forwarding to 5 chats in India

Whatsapp has announced another series of measures to curtail mass forwarding of messages, images, and videos. The messaging app declared it is introducing a test to limit forwarding on WhatsApp. “In India — where people forward more messages, photos, and videos, than any other country in the world — we’ll also test a lower limit of five chats at once and we’ll remove the quick forward button next to media messages”.

WhatsApp added a feature to let people forward a message to multiple chats at once a few years ago. This comes after the messaging app has launched its forward label in India earlier this month. In order to identify messages which are not original and have been forwarded.

WhatsApp limits forward messages to 5 chats in India: pros

Lessen data usage and increase storage

WhatsApp forwards makes for the biggest chunk in our phone’s storage as well as data usage and with this new limit, we might finally have the space to store things and mobile data to do other important things.

Curb misleading information

WhatsApp users will now have a limit on how many chats a particular message can be shared.

Forwarded tag

The messaging app had rolled out Forwarded tag feature on every forwarded message. It means that users will know whether their friend has written that message or just shared it.

Cons

Hard to share important news and updates

If you have a running an organization and have multiple groups based on the operations, it will be hard for you to share a new update with everyone if there are more than five WhatsApp groups in your organization.

Navigate your gallery to share particular media 

Once the quick forward option is removed from WhatsApp, you will have to navigate to your phone’s gallery, select the particular media and then share it with your contacts.