Hoaxes and scams have found a faster way to stream than through email chains: in instant messaging applications such as WhatsApp or Telegra, where they usually travel with fewer controls than on social networks. Most of the blame lies with forwarded messages, though not all apps treat you the same.
While in WhatsApp and in all applications the transmitted messages are unknown (which means their origin is unknown), this is not the case with the Telegraph. There, unless the default settings are changed, the messages sent are because linked to the account I create.
On WhatsApp: unknown limits and origins
Last week, WhatsApp began restricting the transmission of messages that have already been transmitted over and over. This type of message, which is classified by WhatsApp with a double arrow
This new limit is a strong version of the previous message sending limit of up to five people at a time, and is still available to users. regular messages or transmitted with one arrow.
Technically it is possible to move more people, however you have to go it alone, so sending the same message to, say, 100 people, would require you to 100 times more if it was a message marked as multiple transfers or 20 times at rest (because you can go from five to five).
On WhatsApp, the messages sent are unknown, so it is impossible to know who wrote the first message and, if necessary, compare the information or determine whether it is a trusted source or not, in addition to the telephone numbers enabled to share messages with possible hoaxes and verification services.
In the Telegraph, without limits and signed
The Telegraph has chosen a completely different approach to its messaging service. There is currently no limit on transmission (at least, to our knowledge: we have been able to send a message to over 50 people), although generally the messages sent are related to the authors.
The Telegraph does not distinguish between messages sent once or often, but a word the person who wrote it
In Telegal Settings, section Privacy and security> Sent messages, you can choose who can send your messages to maintain a link to your account, although the option only applies to the link and not to the index of who wrote it.
Whether this option is set to There is no, messages sent are still visible the name of who created it, unlike WhatsApp. Of course, these relay messages are sometimes presented as coming from a "user" when the account's privacy settings are so limited that a few details are shared with strangers.
Or it could be, default settings The Telegraph makes it easy to see who wrote the forwarded message, so it would be a good indication to find out whether the message shared in its bulk is valid or not, because hiding this data means you have to change options manually, something so not everyone is upset .