While the platform can limit the number of times you can forward a message, it doesn't stop you from downloading a particular image or video, or copying the message and redistributing it to your friends.
While the use of end-to-end encryption by WhatsApp means its messages can only be read by senders and recipients, with the company incapable of spotting fake news promptly itself, the spread of it has been largely blamed on the number of shares.
The new limit was announced today by WhatsApp vice president for policy and communications, Victoria Grand, in Jakarta, reports Reuters.
In a bid to fight "misinformation and rumors", the renowned Facebook-owned messenger service WhatsApp has chose to put a limit on the number of times a user can forward a certain message, CNBC quoted company executives as saying.
Previously you could "forward" on a message 20 times on the Facebook owned messaging service.
WhatsApp's initial forwarding restrictions were introduced soon after July's lynchings, partially in response to demands by India's government.
WhatsApp will roll out an update to activate the new forward limit, starting Monday, said WhatsApp's head of communications Carl Woog.
"The new change will continue to help keep WhatsApp focused on private messaging with close contacts", it added.
In a related development, WhatsApp is also planning to bring more security feature to view messages on the app.
The messaging app also played a role in the Brazilian elections previous year, where it was used to circulate false news stories ahead of the vote.
It comes as WhatsApp's parent company, Facebook, is also facing renewed scrutiny for its role in spreading misinformation. The new limit is five.
They're also anxious about young people being bullied through the forwarding of messages.