Such measures have taken after the spread of murder due to rumors in India.
Messenger WhatsApp (owned by Facebook) will prohibit users to send messages to more than five contacts, reports Reuters. Thus, the messenger is trying to deal with “misinformation and rumors,” said company representatives.
According to Reuters, the corresponding update for the application will appear on January 21. The first to get it will be Android users, and then iOS.
For the first time, WhatsApp imposed restrictions on messages in July 2018 — users could only send messages to 20 contacts or chat rooms. Such measures were applied after murders started in India on the grounds of spreading false news. The story became widely known when the inhabitants of the small village of Reinpad believed in rumors about “hunters for children’s organs.” Because of this, in July, the locals beat to death five tourists who just came to the fair. From April 2018, local residents beat up at least 17 people died.
In October, WhatsApp hired artists in India who travel around the country and talk about the differences between fake information and real ones.