WhatsApp updates group privacy settings to give users more control

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WhatsApp has introduced a new privacy feature for the groups. The messaging platform revealed through its blog how the latest privacy setting will give users the chance to decide who can add them to any groups. 

Your Choice, your group 

The blog read that people have requested more control over the experience as they turn to groups for specific important conversations. Defining how the feature will be employed, it stated:

“To enable it, go to Settings in your app, then tap Account > Privacy > Groups and select one of three options: “Everyone,” “My Contacts,” or “My Contacts Except.” “My Contacts” means only users you have in your address book can add you to groups, and “My Contacts Except” provides additional control for who among your contacts can add you to a group.”

Three days to decide fate!

The latest release replaces the earlier rendered “nobody” option. Now introduced, “My Contacts Except” will allow users to exclude specific contacts or select all. Simultaneously, if an admin is not able to add a user to the group, he will be directed to send a private invite via an individual chat. The invite will serve the user with a choice of joining the group. The user has three days to decide before the invitation expires. 

As announced on the blog, the feature is set into operation to provide users more control over the messages they receive. The settings will roll out from today and will be accessible worldwide in the latest update of the application

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