Cambridge Analytica data scandal, the Facebook-owned enterprise has stated that users will now be prompted to send an individual invite via private chat to the person they wish to add in the group chat. The recipient will have the choice to accept or reject the invite within three days after which the invite would expire.
To activate this setting, users must go to the Setting menu in the app. Thereafter, they must select Account > Privacy > Groups which will lead them to three options: Nobody, My Contacts or Everyone. Selecting the first option would imply that the user will receive the approval request every time someone tries to add them in a group. On selecting My Contacts, the user will permit everyone on their contact list to add them in groups without seeking prior permission. The default setting before this was Everyone.
This was a long-awaited feature as the instant messaging app was flooded with fake news and spam-group invites which were misleading in nature. Owing to this new update, users can now choose and verify the authenticity of the transferred information.
Though the updated version of the app has been globally rolled out on Wednesday, officials say that it is a phased roll out and will take a couple of weeks to be accessible by everyone.
Previously, WhatsApp had implemented a limit to regulate the number of times a message can be forwarded to curb the spreading of false information. Only time will tell how successful this new update will be in restricting miscommunications.