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New privacy settings for WhatsApp groups

New privacy settings for WhatsApp groups

Whatsapp announced on Wednesday the introduction of new privacy features that lets users limit who can add them to group chats. Users can find the new feature through Settings Account Privacy Groups.

An invitation to join a group thread will be send via an individual chat with the other person that wants you to join. If the invitation is not accepted within three days, it will automatically expire. Users can decide whether Everyone, Nobody, or just their Contacts can add them to a group. WhatsApp's new group update launched on 3 April and will be rolling out to all users in the coming weeks. The feature will also help curb the spread of misinformation on the platform, especially fake news that is targeted to a large number of people at once through groups.

If nobody is selected, users must approve each group when sent an invite to join. This is a welcome move, as many and myself too, been a victim of people adding to unwanted groups and I had to leave the community only to be added again into the same group. Select "Privacy", then "Groups", and from there you'll be able to choose between three options: Nobody, My Contacts, or Everyone.

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Discussing the added functionality, the firm said: "WhatsApp groups continue to connect family, friends, coworkers, classmates and more". Users will need to update their WhatsApp app to the latest version to access this feature. That is why WhatsApp is making some changes to your privacy settings inside the app, so you can prevent this from happening in the future.

Have you ever had the horrific experience of getting added to a random WhatsApp group by one of your contacts and receiving spam messages?

What makes fake news and rumors on WhatsApp so hard to stop is the fact that there is no way to track perpetrators of such acts. On top of that, numerous users in developing countries like Indi, m who are still getting familiar with the idea of instant messaging via mobile phones, fall easy culprits to this trade.