This WhatsApp flaw can let hackers modify and send fake messages

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WhatsApp limits number of forwards for Indian users

The more than 1.5 billion WhatsApp users reportedly send over 65 billion messages per day.

WhatsApp said on Wednesday: "We carefully reviewed this issue and it's the equivalent of altering an e-mail to make it look like something a person never wrote".

WhatsApp will restrict the number of forwards to 20 for global users while it is testing a lower limit in India of 5 chats. "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. WhatsApp has more than 200 million users in India.

Group Admins Can Control Texts: Under this feature, Group admins of Whatsapp have been empowered with special authority, to curb the spread of fake news within the group.

In simple terms, it means that the security flaw can allow hackers to alter someone's reply in a group chat, as well as change the identity of a message's sender when the "quote" feature is used. Also, the quick forward button next to media messages was disabled.

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Facebook-owned free messaging app Whatsapp is vulnerable to hacking, according to a report published Tuesday by Nasdaq-listed network and cloud security provider Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.

Following incidents of lynching, the Centre came down heavily on WhatsApp and warned that it would treat the messaging platform as an "abettor" of rumour-mongering and take legal action.

As reported by The New York Times, WhatsApp has admitted that the above scenarios are possible, but played down the issue. However, there is a work around to forwarded messages, where people can also copy the message or save the media file to their device, and then share it again to multiple chats.

"Companies like Facebook Inc. and Google Inc. have appointed Grievance Officer for users in India, but WhatsApp has not".

Social Scientists Working On Fake News: And lastly, Whatsapp has announced a reward of $50,000 for social scientists, so that can devise ways to stop the spread of fake news via Whatsapp.

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