WhatsApp is limiting all its members to forwarding any single message up to five times in an effort to tackle the spread of false information on the platform.
The Facebook-owned business had already introduced the policy in India six months ago.
The move followed a number of mob lynchings that were blamed on fake reports spread via the service.
WhatsApp puts limit on message forwarding to fight fake news
WhatsApp users will be blocked from forwarding messages to more than five individuals or groups under new rules the messaging service is rolling out worldwide to fight the spread of misinformation.
The company’s vice-president for policy and communications, Victoria Grand, announced the policy at an event in Jakarta on Monday, Reuters reported.
Facebook's WhatsApp limits users to five text forwards to curb rumors
Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp is limiting worldwide the number of times a user can forward a message to five, starting on Monday, as the popular messaging service looks to fight “misinformation and rumors”, company executives said on Monday.
Previously, a WhatsApp user could forward a message to 20 individuals or groups. The limit of five is in expansion of a measure WhatsApp put in place in India in July after the spread of rumors on social media led to killings and lynching attempts.