"Today, we're introducing a new privacy setting and invite system to help you decide who can add you to groups".
With the new privacy setting for groups, users will have the option to set the privacy settings to either nobody, my contacts or everyone. With the "My Contacts" option, only contacts in the user's address book can add them to groups.
Users on the instant messaging platform can now decide who is allowed to add them to group chats. The "My contacts" option will limit the option to people whose numbers are already saved in your contacts.
Selecting the "Nobody" option will mean that you'll have to approve the request for joining every group to which you're invited.
In a blog post, WhatsApp said a user inviting another to a group will be prompted to send a private invite through an individual chat, giving the recipient the choice of joining the group.
The user will be given three days to accept the invite before it expires, the statement said.
VentureBeat reported that the new privacy feature is now being rolled out to some users, and that it will be available worldwide "in the coming weeks".
Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, to curb the spread of misinformation, WhatsApp on Tuesday launched a fact-checking service in India.
Although this feature is being rolled out to some users on Wednesday, WhatsApp users will get this feature in the coming weeks and obviously will need the most updated of WhatsApp to use it.
"As people turn to groups for important conversations, users have asked for more control over their experience".
Now, WhatsApp has finally released the new update to its messenger app for both the iOS and the Android versions, bringing the aforementioned feature. The "Everyone" option would open users to be added to any group, just like it has remained on the app so far.
Last month, it was reported that WhatsApp was testing a new feature to tell users how many times a message has been forwarded and if it's a "frequently forwarded" message.
Under pressure to stop rumours and fake news, WhatsApp had a year ago restricted forwarding messages to five chats at once.
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