In simple words, this means that the Indian users won't be able to forward any message to more than 5 contacts at one go. The feature is live now.
It's official! Indians can't forward WhatsApp messages to more than 5 contacts as limit feature goes live
Apart from the forward message limit, WhatsApp also launched educational videos in India asking users to "double check" facts before sharing messages received as forwards.
The videos, in Hindi and English, will be available on Facebook - the parent company of WhatsApp as the messaging platform looks to combat spread of rumours that have incited mob fury cases in India.
"WhatsApp is expanding its user education campaign on how to spot fake news and hoaxes. This week, WhatsApp is publishing a new video that explains the importance of the "forward" label and calls users to double check the facts when they are not sure who created the original message," WhatsApp said elaborating on the 27-second video clip.
The government officials however, have categorically said they are not satisfied with WhatsApp's response, particularly as its key demands of 'traceability' and attribution of messages remain unaddressed.
Also, the Department of Telecom has written to all telecom operators, Cellular Operators Association of India, Internet Service Providers Association of India and others seeking views on technical measures that can be taken for blocking apps like Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp in situations where national security and public order are under threat.