Facebook-owned Whatsapp has rolled-out a new feature for its users. The company is trying to stop the spread of fake news and wrong information, and these new features is another effort for it. With the new privacy feature, now you can control who has permission to add you to the groups.
Whatsapp says this will decrease abuse and will keep people’s number private. In addition, now you can control settings so people cannot add you directly to the groups. By changing settings. you’ll first get an invite if someone adds you and then you can choose to accept the invitation or not.
India is Whatsapp’s biggest market. India’s political parties use the app to blast messages to groups organized by caste, income level, and religion. The number of hoaxes has skyrocketed as WhatsApp parent Facebook clamped down on fake news. Reports of hoaxes that last year numbered in the dozens per day have since grown to hundreds per day. And WhatsApp is now removing around 2 million suspicious accounts globally per month.
How to use Whatsapp Privacy Setting?
To enable this new protection, you have to go to the Settings > then tap on Account > Privacy > Groups. Here you can choose 3 different options: “Nobody,” “My Contacts” or “Everybody.” If you choose “Everybody” then anyone can add you to their groups. If you choose the “My Contacts” option then only people in your contact list can add you to groups. Choosing the “Nobody” option will need the approval of joining every group to which you are invited.
If you choose “My Contacts” or “Nobody” and any unknown people add you to the group, then they will get a prompt message to send a private invite through an individual chat. In that way, you can also accept the invitation and join the group. This individual invitation you get can be from a person who is not in your regular contacts, means can be from a stranger. The invite will expire in three days if you don’t accept.
The most recent version of the Whatsapp will be required to use the new privacy settings. The new privacy settings roll out to some users today and will reach the rest of WhatsApp’s audience in the weeks ahead.