WhatsApp now allows to Select "My contacts except for…" option in groups

Ruben Fields
November 7, 2019

WhatsApp has a brand new group chat setting that may prevent from being added to random teams with out your consent, so it can save you the difficulty of over-thinking about exit the group with out offending anybody.

On Thursday, after WhatsApp's disclosure that the spyware had targeted Indian users as well, the Indian government had asked WhatsApp to explain the matter and list out the measures that were taken by the app to protect the privacy of millions of users. WhatsApp says you'll then have 72 hours before the invite expires to accept it.

In a statement, Whatsapp wrote: 'WhatsApp groups continue to connect family, friends, coworkers, classmates, and more. As people turn to groups for important conversations, users have sought more control over their experience. The recently updated My Contacts Except is a replacement to of the earlier Nobody option under the group settings.

You will be able to choose who's allowed to add you to groups, with three options available. "The safety and security of our users remains our highest priority, which is why in May (when the issue was first reported) we blocked the attack and have taken action in the courts to hold NSO accountable", a WhatsApp spokesperson said.

The update is rolling out to users around the world on the latest version of WhatsApp, said the Facebook-owned company. When you dwell polite to no longer exit the WhatsApp neighborhood you have to want factual been added to by a household member or an aged faculty mate, things can procure annoying precise like a flash with frequent buzzing and over-flooding gallery.

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The app now has a "group catch up" tool that lets users quickly scroll to messages that mention them or reply to ones they've previously written.

According to media reports, the Facebook-owned messaging app claimed it informed the Indian authorities about the vulnerability in May 2019.

This can be found using the "Add group description" option in the "Group Info" section.

There is also a control that allows the group admin (s) to restrict who can change the group's subject, icon and description which can be changed under "Group Settings". Go to Play Store and search for WhatsApp.

Since most smartphones run on Google's Android with Apple's iOS having the second largest market share, WhatsApp seems to be hinting at larger issues of device security and privacy, beyond just this incident.

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