WhatsApp changes group chat settings

WhatsApp is now rolling out one very important privacy feature

The feature is already available to some WhatsApp users in India and will be rolled out worldwide in the coming weeks via an app update, according to International Business Times.

People will now have the option to choose from three options in their settings from "nobody, ' 'my contacts, ' or 'everyone".

The feature will be available under 'Privacy" in the "Account' section. WhatsApp has taken several steps in the past to curb spreading of fake news and preventing users from being a part of the spam that is sent across groups.

Last month, a report emerged that WhatsApp testing new privacy feature that will give more power to the messenger user to decline group invite unlike before where anybody could just add anyone to a group without the latter's permission. The feature comes as concerns have mounted over the past few years that WhatsApp group chats are being used to spread fake news and disinformation.

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. They can then choose to join or the link will expire in 72 hours.

WhatsApp's latest changes give you control over groups you engage with on the messaging app.

If you select "Nobody", you will have to approve joining every group to which you're invited, and "My Contacts" means only users you have in your address book can add you to groups.

Another reason they introduced the invite system is that these group chats can lead to an awkward scenario of having to leave a group you have no interest in.

The move assumes significance, especially ahead of elections in the country, as social media platforms are expected to play a major role in political campaigns to reach out to citizens in large numbers. They'll now have more control over the messages they receive.

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

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