False Information And Other Ways That WhatsApp Chain Messages Can Be Harmful

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Long ago, people sent emails as the primary way to communicate over long distances. However, nowadays we usually don’t send emails unless it has to do with work or school. In those days of email, there was something called a Chain Letter.

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The Chain Letter was a message that convinced the recipient to forward the message to as many people as they could. Although the content of these letters differed, they had the same purpose; to get people to share them. And, of course, there was a point. The people who created the chain letters hid malicious software programs in them.

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Nowadays, Chain Letters have taken a different form. Now, they are WhatsApp broadcasts. These Chain Messages include messages spreading information (sometimes that information is false), and messages that target a person’s emotions or spirituality.

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You might receive a message or find a post that says you will be cursed, or you will have bad luck if you don’t share. So, that is an example of a Chain Message, and it can have a negative impact on children. You could also get messages telling to follow a link in order to win a prize. That could just be bait to get your information.

One feature of chain messages is that they always ask you to share them. While some of them may just be jokes and harmless, others can spread False Information, can have negative psychological effects and can even compromise your internet security.

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