Published: Thu, April 04, 2019
Tech | By Constance Martin

WhatsApp allows users to control who can add them to group chats

WhatsApp allows users to control who can add them to group chats

These new privacy settings will begin rolling out to some users starting Wednesday and will be available worldwide in the coming weeks to those using the latest version of WhatsApp. This works similar to WhatsApp status, photo or last seen sharing feature wherein you can allow/disallow everybody/only your contacts/nobody from your contacts list. So far, WhatsApp has resisted the government's demand for identifying message originators, arguing that such a move would undermine the end-to-end encryption and the private nature of the platform, creating potential for serious misuse. While the company recently introduced Checkpoint Tipline feature to cross-check fake news, today it has announced a new privacy setting for groups.

Users have in the past complained about being added into groups they did not consent to and often having to leave the groups.

Until now, once someone has your contact details they can add you to a group chat without your permission.

This additional feature for groups will help you control who you add in a group.

If you select the Nobody option, you'll have to approve joining every WhatsApp group to which you're invited.

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One of WhatsApp's most used features is letting you form or join groups which can have as many as 256 members. The new features give users more control over which groups they want to join. You'll have three days to accept the invite before it expires.

Users can enable the privacy setting choice by going to account, and then privacy and group and select one of the three options - Nobody, My Contacts, or Everyone.

Since then, the company restricted forwarding messages to five chats at once and ran advertisements and television and radio campaigns showing users how to spot misinformation.

The Election Commission had issued certain dos and don'ts to the social media platforms, including WhatsApp, and they had agreed to cooperate in ensuring that fake news or undesirable messages, which may influence the voters in any manner, are not allowed to be spread among the public.

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