WhatsApp, the messaging App which have nothing less than 1.5 billion Users is limiting all its members to forwarding any single message up to five times in an effort to stop the spread of false information on the platform.

The policy by the Facebook-owned business had already been introduced in India,  six months ago.

The move is due to a number of mob lynchings that were blamed on fake reports being spread through WhatsApp service.

Previously, Whatsapp users are free to forward messages up to 20 times.

This new update to the app's rules was announced yesterday in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The firm told the reporters about its decision following "carefully" evaluating the results of its half-year-long test in the country.

"The forward limit significantly reduced forwarded messages around the world," Victoria Grand, Vice President for Policy and Communications said.

"This will help keep WhatsApp focused on private messaging with close contacts. We'll continue to listen to user feedback about their experience, and over time, look for new ways of addressing viral content."

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