Social networking companies are stepping up efforts to fight misinformation relating to the coronavirus pandemic. Facebook, the world’s largest social networking platform, has already taken a few initiatives. The company is now working on a new measure to combat Covid-19 rumours and hoaxes – limiting message forwarding to five chats at a time on Facebook Messenger.
The features appear like the WhatsApp’s which bars from forwarding a message to more than five chats in one go. “Facebook Messenger is working on limiting the number of threads a message can be forwarded at a time, to add frictions on misinformation,” she said in a tweet which also features a short clip of how the functionality works.
Confirming the feature, Facebook’s EMEA Communications Manager Alexandru Voica said it was still under development and is being tested internally.
“We’re working hard to limit the spread of misinfo on our platforms, especially with #COVID19, and we’re exploring more options like testing stricter limits for how many chats you can fwd a message to at one time,” he said.
Facebook Messenger is one of the biggest messaging platforms in the world followed by Facebook-owned WhatsApp.
Facebook, which has more than two billion users, is among numerous firms expected to take a hit from the crisis, which has already altered many consumer and online habits.