WhatsApp Launches New Privacy Settings For Group Chats

New Delhi: Instant Messaging WhatsApp on Wednesday said it will now allow its users to decide whether they want to get added to groups or not.

“WhatsApp groups continue to connect family, friends, coworkers, classmates and more. As people turn to groups for important conversations, users have asked for more control over their experience,” the Facebook-owned company said in a statement.

The messaging app has added that a new privacy setting in which an invite system will help users decide who can add them to groups. Earlier, WhatsApp users could be added to groups without their consent.

To enable the feature, users can go to ”settings” option in WhatsApp app and select one of three options — “nobody,” “my contacts,” or “everyone.”

If they choose “nobody”, users will have to approve of joining every group to which they are invited.

Upon choosing “my contacts” option, users from the person’s address book will be able to add them to groups. In these cases, the person inviting you to a group will be prompted to send a private invite through an individual chat, giving the user the choice of joining the group.

The user will be given three days to accept the invite before it expires, the statement said.

“With these new features, users will have more control over the group messages they receive,” WhatsApp said.

The new settings will be available worldwide in the coming weeks to those using the latest version of WhatsApp.

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