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Whatsapp to Limit Forwarded Messages in India (GUEST)

Whatsapp has said it will limit how many times messages can be forwarded in India to curb the spread of false information on its platform.

The announcement comes after a spate of mob lynchings were linked to messages that circulated on whatsapp groups.

The government on Thursday reissued a warning to the company that it could face legal consequences if it remained “mute spectators”.

With more than 200 million users, India is whatsapp’s biggest market.

Whatsapp said its users in India “forward more messages, photos, and videos, than any other country in the world”.

Groups on whatsapp can have a maximum of 256 people. Many of the messages that are believed to have triggered violence were forwarded to multiple groups which had more than 100 members each.

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