WhatsApp plugs a huge privacy hole with this small update

Posted April 06, 2019

Instant messaging platform WhatsApp on Wednesday added a new feature with which users can control who can add them to WhatsApp groups. With the new privacy setting for groups, users will have the option to set the privacy settings to either nobody, my contacts or everyone. The recipient has 72 hours to decide whether they wish to join the group or not since that is the validity of the link shared. For people outside of contacts, or for people who select "Nobody", users must invite you to a group over DM. They'll receive a link, which gives basic information about the group they've been invited to, and can choose to join it if they want to.

If you're blocking invitations to groups, there will be an invite system so that you get an alert asking if you want to be added to the group.

The platform has been testing a new feature that highlights messages as "frequently forwarded" if they have been shared five or more times.

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WhatsApp is going to change the app that you are using right now. Choose Everyone if you are okay with the current settings which allow anyone using WhatsApp to add you to any group.

With the new option, you will be able to choose who can add you into groups: "Everyone", "My Contacts" in your phonebook, or "Nobody". And WhatsApp is now removing around 2 million suspicious accounts globally per month, the report said. There you will be greeted by three options which are "Nobody", "My Contacts", or "Everyone".

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.

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The statement added that starting Tuesday, users in India can submit misinformation or rumors received by them to the Checkpoint Tipline on WhatsApp (+91-9643-000-888).

Correspondent|WhatsApp is set to roll out a new privacy feature. As people turn to groups for important conversations, users have asked for more control over their experience.

This is particularly true in one of WhatsApp's biggest markets, India.

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A WhatsApp spokesperson confirmed to Buzzfeed News that the announcement hadn't meant to imply that every request would receive a response.