>> Facebook is taking action after rumors spread by its messaging service WhatsApp in India triggered several mob killings. On Friday, the wildly popular app said it's rolling out a global test to limit forwarded messages. India is WhatsApp's biggest market, with more than 200 million users. However, false messages about child abductors have led to lynch mobs beating more than a dozen people in India this year, some of whom died.
So local authorities have called for action from WhatsApp, which announced the global changes in a blog post on Thursday. They say it will help keep the app simply for quote private messaging. Reuters Sankalp Phartiyal is covering the story.>> False messages circulating on WhatsApp have led to a series of mob beatings and lynchings in India.
For WhatsApp, India is their biggest market with more than 200 million users, and the federal government is stepping up pressure on WhatsApp to come up with solutions to fight the problem.>> Just this week, India police arrested more than two dozen men, allegedly part of a mob that lynched a 32 year old man.
Police say he was a call center employee who was attacked after rumors spread on WhatsApp that he was a child molester. In a separate attack, five people were killed in July when similar messages spread via social media. But there are concerns the new limits may not stop the violence.
>> WhatsApp has only restricted the forwarding of messages. The broadcast message feature, which allows you to send a blast of messages to your list, does still exist.>> WhatsApp didn't say what the limit on forwarded messages would be for its global change. But in India at least, users will be limited to five chats at a time, whether in groups or with individuals.
And the platform's quick forward button will be removed..