In recent months we have seen the growth of online communication tools. The coronavirus problem has caused many people to use text messages or video calls.
In Spain, for example, WhatsApp usage has grown below 700% a few weeks ago. This is due to the increase in both use of the media and the growth of the media.
The problem is that in many cases these platforms are used to spread rumors or false information.
WhatsApp only lets you forward one message to a conversation at a time
A few weeks ago we saw how WhatsApp is taking an important step in India, where it has limited the app's ability to send messages simultaneously in multiple conversations. It was claimed that it would not be easy to send the same video, image or text to many different groups and people at the same time.
Restrictions in Asia resulted in it moving from 20 to 5 conversations, but the company did not stop there. This has led to a 25% reduction in turnover.
WhatsApp starts cutting the time for some videos
WhatsApp has started limiting video time to provinces in countries like India, so that it does not shut down its servers.
WhatsApp announces that limiting messaging to its platform, will limit the number of conversations we can send to something. This way, if we wanted to send a video or message to ten people, we would have to repeat the process ten times.
The idea is that this will keep most people from bothering to do it, and given previous experience it looks like it might work.
Data validation tools
In addition, the company recalls that it works in partnership with various agencies around the world to help its users verify the data they receive. The full list is on their website. In Spain and Latin America these are the numbers we have to add if we want to update the information that comes to us via WhatsApp.
WhatsApp begins to verify issues that are not on its platform
WhatsApp launched the service in India in the hands of a local company that will start verifying fake news on its site.