WhatsApp has extended testing of a new limit to the number of times a message can be forwarded within the platform. After the beta version of Android, it’s time for iOS (from the iPhone) to gain the feature.
According to the website WaBetaInfo, which usually anticipates tests and corrects rumors, the change prevents messages that have already been relayed from being forwarded to more than one group chat or contact.
For example: the person will only be able to forward content once (such as news/photo/meme) that has already been shared other times.
There is still no confirmation from WhatsApp on when the news will be released. But, if confirmed, it will be another step for the company to implement strategies to limit spam and the spread of fake news.
Inside the test
On the screen released by WaBetaInfo it is possible to see the phrase “forwarded messages can only be sent to only one chat group”.
Traditionally, as communication on WhatsApp is encrypted (which prevents the company from having access to chats), messages include a kind of “counter” code. It helps to identify the frequency of sharing content in the app.
In this process, the company’s system identifies what circulates within it as:
It is speculated, in this case, that the new rule limits the sending of this type to up to five conversations or groups — this has been happening in Brazil since 2020. The novelty is that the function may be released to other countries.
- “message forwarded too many times”
The idea, from the new test, is that this type of content can only be rebroadcast once.
These changes have been noted in the beta versions below:
- 184.108.40.206 for iOS
- 220.127.116.11 for Android
Other changes that may arrive in the app
WhatsApp may also be about to release emoji message reactions. Tests on this have already been discovered, according to WaBetaInfo.
Polling function within groups. Instead of just using loose emojis in conversations, people will be able to express their emotions through reactions to messages, links, photos and videos in individual or group chats.
3. New design for WhatsApp camera and arrival of “Communities”
Under development, the camera feature appears to be undergoing design changes, along with the media selection interface (photos, videos, gifs). Tests had already been identified on iOS in February. This week they appeared on Android (beta version 18.104.22.168).
To activate the phone’s camera from WhatsApp, you currently need to select the camera symbol, located in the center of the screen (next to “Calls” and “Conversations”). This space could give way to a new function called “Community”.
The change could be used to manage groups easier, for example. However, it is not yet known what this management would look like. The expectation is that it will be possible to divide the groups into categories: work, studies, leisure, etc.
4. Two languages
In order to expand the app’s reach in countries where it is not yet so popular, WhatsApp has started testing, according to WaBetaInfo, with two new languages: Amharic (an Afro-Asian language) and Somali (the official language of Somalia). , Somaliland and Ethiopia).
If confirmed, the addition of languages will make WhatsApp support more than 40 different languages.
*With text by Ellen Alves