WhatsApp makes major changes to Groups Feature


NF Bureau:  Facebook – owned messaging platform WhatsApp on Wednesday announced a major change in its privacy settings, allowing its users to decide whether they want to get added to groups. Previously, any user could be added to a group without consent.

To enable the feature, users can go to ”settings” option in WhatsApp app and select one of three options — “nobody,” “my contacts,” or “everyone.”

• If you choose ‘nobody,’ you will have to approve joining every group to which you are invited. No one can add you without permission.

• If you choose ‘my contacts’ option, only your contacts can add you to groups. In that case, the person inviting you to a group will be prompted to send a private invite through an individual chat. Users will have 72 hours to respond to a group joining request.

• If users choose “everyone”, everyone who has your number can add you.

The new settings will be available worldwide in the coming weeks to those using the latest version of  WhatsApp.

The announcement comes today ahead of 2019 Indian general elections.

On Tuesday, WhatsApp launched a new fact-checking service in India ahead of the upcoming elections.
The goal of the new initiative is to fact check viral fake texts, messages, images and videos on social media platforms.

Pictures, video links and texts will be analysed and debunked if untrue. A total of five languages including English, Hindi, Telugu, Bengali and Malayalam, will be supported by Checkpoint Tipline.

Indian users can now report uncertain information or rumours to a WhatsApp number (+91-9643-000-888) and check its authenticity.

Facebook said it was running its biggest ever election monitoring campaign this time as hundreds of millions of Indians prepare to vote and there have more chances of misinformation and rumors.

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