When you forward a message, you can choose to share it with up to five chats at one time.
However, when a message is forwarded through a chain of five or more chats, meaning it’s at least five forwards away from its original sender, the message is labeled with a double arrow icon . These messages can only be forwarded to one chat at a time, as a way to help keep conversations on WhatsApp intimate and personal. This also helps slow down the spread of rumors, viral messages, and fake news.
WhatsApp messages contain a counter that keeps track of how many times a message is forwarded. This counter is end-to-end encrypted so only your device and the recipient’s device have access to this information. For your privacy, WhatsApp doesn’t know how many times a message is forwarded and can’t see the content of any of your messages. Learn more about end-to-end encryption in this article.