We live in a world where the threat to democracy is not the dictatorship, but our own “freedom of speech” platforms. Just two days ago, Trump’s ex-lawyer confirmed that he paid money to an online firm to rig online polls.
In such conditions, the social media platforms have a moral responsibility to do everything to curb such mishandling of the platform.
Facebook Inc's WhatsApp messenger service has announced that it is going to reduce the limit of times a user can forward a message to five, globally. According to the company’s executives, the step is taken to fight "misinformation and rumours".
The Vice president for policy and communications at WhatsApp, Ms Victoria Grand, was attending a meeting related to online misinformation in the Indonesian capital, and there she said, “We're imposing a limit of five messages all over the world as of today.”
The limit of Five messages was just imposed in India after a number of mishappenings was recorded caused by fake news spread on Whatsapp. On a global level, the rule was that a WhatsApp user could forward a message to 20 individuals or groups, which is changed now.
Whatsapp is not the only platform for taking actions against Misinformation. In the light of upcoming elections, Twitter had already announced that Twitter will showcase as advertising dashboard that will show expenditures by political parties in India on the platform during the election period.
In an interviewer asked Tweeter’s CEO Jack Dorsey about Twitter’s new tool for political advertisement transparency in India, he replied, “It’s [the Lok Sabha elections] going to be the biggest democratic election in the world. And Twitter is heavily used by the influencers and the politicians and the government in India, so we’re very fortunate in that degree. And we want to make sure that we are doing what we can to make sure that we maintain the integrity of the conversation around the election.”