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Limiting message forwarding on WhatsApp helped slow disinformation

In January, WhatsApp limited how often messages can be forwarded—to only five groups instead of 20—in an attempt to slow the spread of disinformation. (They had previously limited it to 20 from 256.) New research suggests that the change is working, but more can still be done. The background: When it comes to disinformation, Facebook and Twitter receive most of the attention. But WhatsApp has influenced elections in Brazil and India, and a recent report from NYU highlighted it as one of the platforms we should be worrying about more. ….[READ]

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