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WhatsApp makes group chats more secure, gives users more control

WhatsApp makes group chats more secure, gives users more control

The new privacy settings that can be accessed by going to Settings Account Privacy Groups. The invite will have an expiry timer of three days and you will have to respond within that time frame.

The Facebook-owned messaging app will now allow you to control who adds you into group chats.

The setting will be rolled out on Wednesday for some users and be available worldwide in the coming weeks. Before this, users could be added to any WhatsApp group without their consent.

Previously, anyone can invite you to a group and you'd automatically find yourself in it, whether you like it or not.

Admins will be able to send users invites in the form of a direct message, clicking on which will add the user to that particular group.

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WhatsApp has announced a major update to its privacy settings ahead of elections in India that will let users decide who can add them to the chat groups.

Choosing "Nobody" will require everyone to ask for your permission before you can be added to a group. On top of that, numerous users in developing countries like Indi, m who are still getting familiar with the idea of instant messaging via mobile phones, fall easy culprits to this trade. Most often there is a lot of Fake News that is spread on WhatsApp.

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. It had imposed a limit of five on the number of times a message could be forwarded on WhatsApp. The said link will expire in 72 hours and a fresh approval request can only be made after that.

Options available include "everyone", "my contacts" or you can choose to block all invites totally using the "Nobody" option. So far, WhatsApp has resisted the government's demand for identifying message originators, arguing that such a move would undermine the end-to-end encryption and the private nature of the platform, creating potential for serious misuse.