It seems that the misadventures of the over enthusiastic army of social media users by virtue of which messages whether authentic or fake are delivered on each and every mobile phone through WhatsApp limitlessly has forced the concerned quarters to put a limit on unlimited sharing of frequently forwarded ‘crap’. The move has become a necessity due to countless instances of trouble-mongering using non-stop sharing of fake and inflammatory messages which were posing threat of disturbing the already fragile set-up of society especially during testing times of fatal corona crisis. In this particular case of limiting messages, surely the innocent will have to pay the price for the misdeeds of those indulging in fabricating and circulating bogus messages having potential to disturb the tranquility and peace besides confronting the law enforcing agencies and creating hindrances in governance. The company’s timely decision to limit frequently forwarded messages is aimed at combating spread of fake news and misinformation amid COVID-19 epidemic. Although, it was time and again appealed that people should not take cognizance of corona related messages on WhatsApp and always rely on government websites but the frequency by which misleading messages were circulated on WhatsApp it became impossible for the government and other agencies to insulate people from this inundation of false information. Another factor behind the mindless circulation of fake messages on WhatsApp is the ‘instinct’ among almost all the social media users of sharing things ‘first’ without spending a jiffy to first ponder that whether the message is authentic or fake and what shall be the repercussions of the message after it gets circulated wide and far. Still there is time that over enthusiastic social media users should restrain from sending or forwarding those messages whose credentials are not known or else more stringent actions may follow. Already, it has been seen that from freedom of sending messages instantaneously to all on WhatsApp, users were restrained to send a message to only five contacts at a time and now this restriction has come to force. It is advisable to tread with caution and care while using WhatsApp lest the time is not far when the Application will imply more curbs or even face prohibition.
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