Instant messaging app WhatsApp keeps bringing new features and updates to make the platform more usable and safe at the same time for its users. The company is now bringing a new restriction with forwarding messages. Android and iOS users will not be able to forward a message on more than one groups. The new change was spotted by WhatsApp tracker WABetaInfo on WhatsApp beta for both Android and iOS. The portal also shared screenshots of the feature that show a disclaimer that will appear when users try to forward a message on more than one group chats.
The new feature has been spotted in WhatsApp beta for Android version 184.108.40.206 and WhatsApp beta for iOS version 220.127.116.11. The screenshots shared by WABetaInfo show that when a message is already marked as forwarded, it is no longer possible to forward it to more than one group. If a user tries to forward an already forwarded message to another group, they will be met with an alert that says “Forwarded messages can only be sent to one group chat.” This comes as the latest restriction on message forwarding on WhatsApp, something that has previously been linked to the spread of misinformation in India and abroad as well. The WABetaInfo report also states that the new single group forward limitation had already been rolled out to some Android beta testers but is now extending it to more beta testers and for WhatsApp beta for iOS as well.
WABetaInfo reports that some users are seeing an updated camera interface in updates to the latest WhatsApp beta version for Android. This includes a new look when selecting media as well. Additionally, the camera’s media bar — which had been removed in iOS, prompting user complaints — has apparently been restored.