New Method Hackers Are Using to Access Your WhatsApp Chats

WhatsApp rolls out forwarded message limit for India

In response to these notices, WhatsApp had outlined initiatives it is taking to curb fake news circulation, including education and advocacy efforts.

The Facebook-owned messaging app is facing scrutiny in India, after reports that viral video messages shared on the app resulted in lynchings, mob violence in some parts of the country. The limit is applicable only for its 200 million users in India.

Founded in 2009 and purchased by Facebook in 2014, WhatsApp said that at the beginning of the year it had more than 1.5 billion users who exchanged 65 billion messages per day.

The government has asked WhatsApp to come out with more effective solutions to bring in accountability and facilitate law enforcement, in addition to labelling forwards and identifying fake news.

Apart from the forward message limit, WhatsApp also launched educational videos in India asking users to "double check" facts before sharing messages received as forwards.

The new restriction will ensure that option for forwarding a media message like video, photos or audio is disabled if already forwarded five times from the same account.

In its earlier blogpost regarding this new feature on Forwarding message, WhatsApp had written, "Today, we're launching a test to limit forwarding that will apply to everyone using WhatsApp".

Have you found yourself put off by a friend's comment or shocked by words Mom wrote in a group message on WhatsApp?

Check Point's Oded Vanunu said the company had notified Whatsapp of the issues, but the latter had responded that it could not immediately fix the matter due to the way the app is constructed.

WhatsApp hopes that by limiting the number of forwards, it will keep the platform a private messaging app, and also stop misinformation from spreading quickly.

Check Point said the vulnerability gives a hacker the possibility "to intercept and manipulate messages sent by those in a group or private conversation" as well as "create and spread misinformation".

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