WhatsApp's new privacy setting lets you block unwanted group adds

Users on the instant messaging platform can now decide who is allowed to add them to group chats

Users on the instant messaging platform can now decide who is allowed to add them to group chats

The Facebook-owned service said that the feature setting is rolling out for some users today, but will be available worldwide within the coming weeks. There you will see three more options - "Everyone", "My contacts", and "Nobody".

WhatsApp, which has about 1.5 billion users, has been trying to find ways to stop misuse of the app, following global concerns that the platform was being used to spread fake news, manipulated photos, videos without context and audio hoaxes, with no way to monitor their origin or full reach.

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

Some WhatsApp users have always been frustrated with the problem of random group adds.

Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, WhatsApp announced a new privacy setting to the Group invite system to give users more control over who can add them to groups.

WhatsApp adds a new privacy feature.

In those cases, the person inviting users to a group will be prompted to send a private invite through an individual chat, giving them the choice of joining the group. Users will have three days to accept any group invite after which it would expire.

On the other hand, setting the privacy status for WhatsApp Groups at "My Contact" will mean that only users who are added "in your address book" will be able to add you to a particular group on the app.

'WhatsApp groups continue to connect family, friends, coworkers, classmates and more, ' a spokesman for WhatsApp said in a statement.

Until now, anyone available on WhatsApp had the option to create a group and add anyone from the list of contacts.

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.

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.

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