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Whatsapp now stops random people from adding you into groups

Whatsapp now stops random people from adding you into groups”

The company has announced it is introducing a new privacy setting for the chatting app that will allow users to choose who can add them to groups. However, the user will receive an invite to join a group from people not in his/her contacts list.

Prior to this feature, WhatsApp users could be added to any group without their consent.

In a press statement, WhatsApp said on Wednesday that through the new feature, users would have more control over group messages and invitation they receive.

WhatsApp has spread like wild fire, becoming the defacto cross-platform messaging service for many users.

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Admins of the groups will be able to send you invites for joining their groups via a direct message.

Under pressure to stop rumours and fake news, WhatsApp had a year ago restricted forwarding messages to five chats at once.

WhatsApp is going to change the app that you are using right now. That way, you still have the option of joining a group even if the person inviting you isn't one of your regular WhatsApp contacts. However, it also allows you to leave that option open.

To control the new feature, users can head over to the Settings Account Privacy Groups menu and can choose between different visibility options - Everyone, My Contacts and Nobody.

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The new WhatsApp group invite settings are now visible in the v2.19.92 beta and the latest v2.19.93 beta for Android, and the v2.19.40.26 beta for iPhone. Hopefully, it might roll out to iOS users as well in some time. Once you click on "Join group", you will get an overview of the group and its members.

The labels are a bit deceptive, though; selecting "My Contacts" or "Nobody" does not in fact mean that only contacts or "nobody" can send you any group invitations. It had imposed a limit of five on the number of times a message could be forwarded on WhatsApp.

India, one of WhatsApp's largest markets, have accused WhatsApp of failing to curb false information on its platform.

Like other social platforms, WhatsApp has played a role in the spread of fake news.

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