Android users will receive the update first, followed by users of Apple's iOS.

Facebook's WhatsApp messenger service is globally limiting the number of times a user can forward a message to another person, in a bid to curb "misinformation and rumours" from spreading worldwide. 

According to Reuters, WhatsApp bosses revealed plans to roll out the new move at an event in Jakarta on Monday, with users permitted to forward messages to a maximum of five individuals or groups from now on.

"We're imposing a limit of five messages all over the world as of today," Victoria Grand, vice president for policy and communications at WhatsApp, said at an event in the Indonesian capital. 

This follows global concern that the platform was being used to spread fake news, manipulated photos, videos without context, and audio hoaxes, with no way to monitor their origin or full reach. 

The policy of forwarding messages to a maximum of five recipients was originally implemented in India last summer after the spreading of rumours on social media led to killings and attempted lynchings.

As it stands, a WhatsApp user could forward a message to 20 individuals or groups. 

WhatsApp's head of communications Carl Woog told Reuters that the new update to activate the new forward limits has already begun, with Android users receiving the update first, quickly followed by iOS users. 

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