WhatsApp issues update to let you control Group privacy

WhatsApp has rolled out new privacy settings letting users gain more control over groups. The messaging platform has been in news for spreading spam content, and misinformation. Most of this misinformation is spread as there is no control over who can be added to Groups.

The company had announced rolling out this feature earlier this year, in April. The feature lets users select ‘Nobody, Everybody or Contacts’ to add you to Groups. However, the feature was not rolled out to countries across the world. WhatsApp is finally starting to roll out this feature to users across the world.

The setting allows users to choose from: “Everyone”, “My Contacts”, or “Nobody”. The app has replaced “Nobody” with “My Contacts Except” option, based on feedback from users during the initial roll out of the privacy-centric feature in April. The feature also makes it possible for users to exclude specific contacts or “select all”.

These changes are rolling out as part of the latest version of Android app. Regardless of what settings you choose, people can still send you private invites to join a group. If you don’t accept the invitation, it automatically expires after three days. You can find the options in Settings > Account > Privacy > Groups.