WhatsApp introduces new privacy settings for groups

WhatsApp is now rolling out one very important privacy feature

WhatsApp has announced the addition of a new privacy setting and invite system which will help users to decide who can add them to WhatsApp groups preventing spam additions that have been a pain point for many users.

If you select "Everyone", all those in your contacts and also unknown random people can just add you into a group chat without your permission.

It is pretty evident now that WhatsApp is making efforts to put an end to fake news that's being circulated on its platform, especially in India.

The new feature allows you to stop anyone who isn't saved in your contacts from adding you to a group, or alternatively, you can completely ban everyone from being able to add you.

The update will come as a relief to many and will ultimately silencing the serial group admins who add everyone without prompting them.

To enable the new privacy feature all you need to do is to visit the Settings page of the Android/iOS app and navigate through Account Privacy Groups and select any one of three options - Nobody, My Contacts or Everyone.

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The Indian government had been asking WhatsApp to ensure user consent before being added to WhatsApp groups.

'As people turn to groups for important conversations, users have asked for more control over their experience'.

The same goes for if you decide that you want your contact list to be able to add you, or if you pick everyone, then anyone will be able to add you. Sure, you could leave it and ensure that you'll never get added back, but it's annoying nonetheless. Any group invite you receive will have three days validity before it expires.

The move is significant as social media platforms are expected to play a major role in political campaigns to reach out to citizens in large numbers.

The new privacy settings will begin rolling out to some users starting today and will be available worldwide in the coming weeks to those using the latest version of WhatsApp. Last year, it had restricted forwarding messages to five chats at once.

With numerous incidents where the platform has been used to spread misinformation and rumours, this seems to be yet another attempt by WhatsApp to battle fake news.

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