Facebook introduces a forwarding limit for Messenger to combat the spread of “viral misinformation” on its platform. The new forwarding limit is identical to the limit set for WhatsApp in April and prevents users from sharing a message with more than five people or groups at the same time.
Forwarding chains on Facebook are particularly popular with middle-aged and senior users. While chain relaying and group chats can help bring people together or exchange messages, they can also function like disinformation highways. Out of date news, conspiracy theories, and false medical information are common problems for Facebook, and this information often spreads through viral redirect campaigns on Messenger.
Facebook wants to slow the spread of misinformation without imposing strict rules on its users. This is why the new forwarding limit is so small ̵
For more information on misinformation campaigns, Facebook suggests logging into its Coronavirus Community Hub and 2020 Voting Information Center. These pages provide up-to-date information on the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020 elections, as well as information on how to spot misinformation campaigns and links to help you vote.