Facebook Messenger has added a forwarding limit to let users forward messages only to five people or groups at a time. The new development is aimed to reduce the spread of viral misinformation and curb the circulation of fake news through the messaging platform.
In 2018, Facebook brought a similar forwarding limit to WhatsApp in India, expanded to global markets in January last year.
Meanwhile, in April, WhatsApp narrowed down the limit of frequently forwarded messages to one chat at a time. The Messenger app also recently added new privacy features, including the ability to lock the app on iOS devices.
With the addition of the forwarding limit to Messenger, you won't be able to forward any particular message to more than five people or groups simultaneously. If you try to add any new users to your forwarding list, the app will show you a notification saying, “forwarding limit reached.”
This feature was first hinted at in March when it was being tested internally, but now Facebook has started rolling out the forwarding limit on Messenger. It's currently limited to certain countries, though the feature will be available to all users globally starting September 24.