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Durban - WhatsApp wants to curb spam messages which can often lead to unnecessary panic driven mainly by hoax messages.

In an effort to allow users to see whether a message has been created by the sender or is just being forwarded - like chainmail - WhatsApp has begun labelling certain messages.

Users of WhatsApp may have noticed that certain messages being sent to them carry a “Forwarded” label.

According to WhatsApp, this is part of its effort to help users improve their safety on its platform, by providing extra context that makes group chats and one-on-one chats a lot easier to follow. 

The feature will also help users determine if their “friend or relative wrote the message they sent or if it originally came from someone else.”

In an effort to allow users to see whether a message has been created by the sender or is just being forwarded - like chainmail - WhatsApp has begun labelling certain messages.


The new forwarded label is only available to users who have the latest supported version of the WhatsApp app on their device.

According to their Blog, WhatsApp said they built their app as a simple, secure, and reliable way to communicate with friends and family.

The company announced that they were testing a limiting the amount of forwarded messages people sent in India where people forward more messages, photos, and videos than any other country in the world.

Users in India would be limited to only sending five chats at once.

The company will also remove the quick forward button next to media messages.

“We believe that these changes - which we'll continue to evaluate - will help keep WhatsApp the way it was designed to be: a private messaging app,” the company said.

WhatsApp recently introduced several new features for groups, including the ability for group admins to be the only members of a group chat to broadcast messages to the rest of the group. It also included group descriptions so that group admins can “set the purpose, guidelines, or topics” for a group, the ability for admins to remove admin permissions for group participants, a “group catch up” feature, and a new “participant search” feature.

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