Just like WhatsApp, Facebook is introducing a forwarding limit on messenger to combat the spread of misinformation or fake news.
Now, a message can only be forwarded to five people or groups at a time. According to Facebook in a blog post, “Today we’re introducing a forwarding limit on Messenger, so messages can only be forwarded to five people or groups at a time. Limiting forwarding is an effective way to slow the spread of viral misinformation and harmful content that has the potential to cause real-world harm.”
Back in April, the same was introduced on WhatsApp to reduce the spread of fake news. This may not completely eliminate the spread of fake information but will slow the limits at which its spread since users can still copy and paste the messages to their friends.
The move comes after Facebook has been repeatedly criticized for not cracking down on fake or misleading information on its platform.