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By invitation only: WhatsApp introduces new privacy setting for groups

NEW DELHI: WhatsApp said on Wednesday it is introducing a new privacy setting and invite system to help users decide who can add them to groups.

The messaging giant, which has been in the news following NSO hack disclosures said as people turn to groups for important conversations, users have asked for more control over their experience.

To enable the new update, users have to go to settings in their app, then tap account, followed by privacy and groups and then select one of three options: “Everyone,” “My Contacts,” or “My Contacts Except.” “My Contacts” means only users they have in their address book can add them to groups and “My Contacts Except” provides additional control for who among their contacts can add them to a group.

In those cases, an administrator who can’t add users to a group will be prompted to send a private invite through an individual chat, giving users the choice of joining the group. Users will have three days to accept the invite before it expires.

With these new features, users will have more control over the group messages they receive, the company said in a statement. These new privacy settings will begin rolling out to some users starting Wednesday and will be available worldwide in the coming days to those using the latest version of WhatsApp.

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