Facebook is going to limit the number of contacts to which you can forward a single message via Facebook Messenger.

In a blog post, the platform announced on Thursday that messages can be forwarded to a maximum of five contacts via the chat service.

The reason for the new limitation is the rapid dissemination of (dis) information via chat services.

Previously, Whatsapp also limited the forwarding of messages, which is now only possible to one group or contact at a time.

Through these measures, Facebook hopes that the spread of fake news and other incorrect information will be delayed.

These measures require more time to send a message to a large group of people, because it has to be done manually every time.

Facebook cites the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason for taking this measure.

A lot of incorrect information is spread about the virus.

Earlier this week, Facebook also took steps to limit the spread of fake news about the US presidential election later this year.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that, among other things, the platform will no longer allow new political advertisements in the week before the elections.