WhatsApp Unveils New Privacy Setting That Prevents Spam Group Invites


WhatsApp's latest privacy feature will begin rollout out today to a select number of users before expanding globally across the coming weeks. TIME also documented similar misuse of WhatsApp in India ahead of the country's national elections. "Not only should it help hinder the spread of fake news on its platform, but it will stop your coworkers and acquaintances from being able to add you to such group winners as "**Looking for a roommate ASAP!**" and "Fred from accounting's 10th workaversary surprise party!" Here, users can choose to alter the settings for the WhatsApp groups to: "Nobody", "My Contacts," or "Everyone." .

This will change with the new WhatsApp controls given to the user; he/she can decide on which group they want to get added to or doesn't want to be added, for that matter. "In those cases, the person inviting you to a group will be prompted to send a private invite through an individual chat, giving you the choice of joining the group".

You'll then have 72 hours to decide whether you'd like to join the group chat before the link is deactivated. You can manually check if you've received the feature by updating WhatsApp to the latest version.

You'll have three days to accept the invitation and, if you don't reply, it expires automatically.

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It seems WhatsApp isn't halting yet, the company has now introduced more convenient, or you can say a controlled feature to the messaging platform. Select "Privacy", then "Groups", and from there you'll be able to choose between three options: Nobody, My Contacts, or Everyone.

"With these new features, users will have more control over the group messages they receive".

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.