WhatsApp is limiting the number of times users can forward messages on to each other from 20 to five, Reuters reports.
The change applies to all users.
WhatsApp’s vice president for policy and communications Victoria Grand announced the change in Jakarta on Monday.
WhatsApp users will now only be able to forward a message five times, the Facebook-owned messaging company has announced.
The messaging app has also come under fire for its role in spreading political propaganda and misinformation. This drew particular attention in the run-up to the Brazilian presidential election last year . A BBC investigation found that political campaigners had scraped people’s Facebook data to target them with messages on WhatsApp.
Previously users of the messaging app, which last year attained 1.5 billion monthly users , could forward any single message to up to 20 other individuals or groups. The new change applies to all users.