Facebook Messenger Clamps Down on Chain Messages, Adds Fact-checking in Chat

Facebook Messenger Clamps Down on Chain Messages, Adds Fact-checking in Chat

Facebook Messenger limits the number of times messages can be forwarded and adds fact-checking in chat in a bid to combat misinformation. The company is defending a recent update to Messenger that limits the number of times a message can be forwarded.

Users can now only forward a message a maximum of five times, as the firm aims to tamp down on misinformation campaigns – especially about the presidential election and coronavirus pandemic. 

If a user is warned about sending too many messages or sending them too quickly, they could now be blocked from posting on Messenger. Articles that have been flagged by fact-checkers on Facebook will also be flagged when shared in Messenger.

Facebook recently announced that messages sent on Messenger could only be forwarded a maximum of five times. The company is hoping to clamp down on disinformation campaigns, especially about the presidential election and coronavirus pandemic.

According to Facebook, if a user is warned about sending too many messages or sending them too quickly, they may be unable to send messages on Messenger.  

Here is what else you should Know:

  • Messenger will now only allow you to forward a message to five people
  • The update’s aimed at fighting misinformation, especially about COVID-19 and the US election
  • Users warned about their message frequency may be blocked from posting
  • Links flagged by fact-checker on Facebook will also be flagged on Messenger
  • Facebook-owned WhatsApp limits forwarding messages to one chat at a time