WhatsApp improves privacy with new controls and group invite system – Here’s all that you need to know

The new privacy setting and invite system will let users decide who can add them into groups.


WhatsApp, Facebook’s messaging platform, has come out with a new privacy setting and invite system, that will let users decide who can add them into groups.

“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. Today, we’re introducing a new privacy setting and invite system to help you decide who can add you to groups,” – a statement issued by Facebook stated.

Through this feature, users will get to control the group messages they’re sent.

“These new privacy settings will begin rolling out to some users starting today and will be available worldwide in the coming days to those using the latest version of WhatsApp,” – further on the press release said.

To enable this feature, users need to:

  • first, go to settings
  • then tap account > privacy > groups
  • select any one of these options: ‘everyone’, ‘my contacts’ or ‘my contacts except’.‘My contacts’ means that only the numbers users have in their address book can add them to groups, ‘my contacts except’ gives an additional control for who among your contacts can add you in the group.

In these cases, an admin who can’t add users to a group will have to send a private invite through individual chat, providing the users the choice of joining the group.

“The users will have three days to accept the invite before it expires,” – it said.

Sadaf Khan, Media Matters for Democracy Director, said: “Developing new ways to increase consumers’ control is a positive step.”

She hoped that WhatsApp will continue to give consumers the tools that’ll help them define their own information experience in ‘an active and informed manner’.

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