Facebook has decided to reduce the number of forwarded messages in Messenger to prevent rumors and misinformation from spreading the new Novel Coronavirus.
For this purpose, a new feature is being tried by the company in Messenger under which the user will not be able to send a message to more than 5 people, making it difficult to spread the rumors.
This feature is not currently introduced, but Facebook has confirmed that it is being tested inside the company.
This kind of feature was introduced last year in the WhatsApp application, whereby users cannot forward a message more than 5 times.
In chat apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, users can easily send information to numerous people, which is why they often cause rumors and false details to go viral.
Revealing this new feature, Twitter user Jane Manchun Wong, who prematurely informed about the new features of various apps, tweeted how the feature would work.
A Facebook spokeswoman also confirmed the feature, saying it aimed to prevent the spreading of misinformation, especially focusing on fake news and advice regarding the current Coronavirus outbreak.
The spokesperson said that we are doing everything possible to prevent fraudulent news regarding Covid 19 on our Halt farms, for which various options such as limiting the number of forwarding messages are also being looked at, however, this feature is currently in the process of preparation.
Earlier, Facebook Messenger also introduced the Coronavirus information hub.
This information hub also aims to prevent the spread of false information online.
The messenger statement said that the center would provide users with resources to help them connect with their friends, family, office colleagues, students, teachers, and others during the home quarantine.
Similarly, Facebook Messenger has introduced a program for governments and global health organizations around the world to spread information about Coronavirus in a timely manner.
Under this program, messenger developers will be connected to government agencies to facilitate the development of apps and chatbots, so that people can be informed about the latest outbreaks, answers to questions, and more.
Pakistan is one of the first countries to join the new Facebook Messenger program and introduce a chatbot.
Facebook, a blog said that the Ministry of National Health of Argentina, UNICEF and Pakistan has started using Messenger to share Covid-19 information.
Prime Minister's Assistant Special Health Minister Dr. Zafar Mirza said in the program, "Facebook's support for the global crisis of Coronavirus is very important to raise public awareness and provide vital medical tips to the citizens, with the help of Messenger. It will help us provide authentic information to those who want to know the latest information about the Coronavirus while keeping the helpline open for more important cases. '
Facebook-owned WhatsApp introduced the WhatsApp Coronavirus patch on its website to reach more people with authentic information about the Coronavirus, where people are exposed to the rapidly spreading epidemic worldwide.
The Coronavirus information feature introduced by the WhatsApp has been presented not only with the support of global healthcare organizations but also by the messaging application to ensure accurate information is provided in this feature by several fact checker organizations.
But in addition to providing accurate information to millions of WhatsApp users, the World Health Organization has also introduced a Health Alert or Chatbot that provides statistics, answers to various questions and other information.
For this purpose, save the phone message to +41 79 893 1892 and send a hi message on it, opening the menu in front of you, which can be accessed through various emojis.
Earlier, on March 19, Facebook announced the introduction of the Corona Virus Information Center newsfeed on top.
This information center is a new feature of Facebook aimed at spreading the useful information provided by governments and medical researchers regarding the virus while minimizing the spread of misinformation.
This information center will be updated in real-time, while new information and suggestions will be provided from other official sources, including the World Health Organization.
Similarly, Facebook banned ads for the treatment of the Coronavirus, while the World Health Organization announced a $ 200 million advertising site.