Facebook’s new feature Forwarding Limit, is part of the ongoing efforts to provide people with a safer, more private messaging experience to curb misinformation.
With the introduction of this limit, messages can only be forwarded to five people or groups at a time. After that users will see a ‘forwarding limit reached’ alert on the messenger window. Facebook says limiting forwarding is an effective way to slow the spread of viral misinformation and harmful content that has the potential to cause real-world harm.
Facebook in a blog post, “We believe controlling the spread of misinformation is critical as the global COVID-19 pandemic continues and we head toward major elections in the US, New Zealand, and other countries. We are introducing a forwarding limit on Messenger to help curb the efforts of those looking to cause chaos, sow uncertainty, or inadvertently undermine accurate information.”
This new feature is Facebook’s latest efforts to provide Messenger users a safer and more private messaging experience on the platform. Earlier this year, the company added several features including safety notifications, two-factor authentication, and easier ways to block and report an unwanted message.