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WhatsApp adds new privacy feature to hone out fake news


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Earlier today, WhatsApp announced users will have more control on who is allowed to add them to groups. This change should help hinder fake news.

The company said this new privacy setting will “help you decide who can add you to groups.”

One user on social media said this feature should have been added from the start.

Another said their mother has suffered “from unwanted group invites for so long.

“I wish there was a way to thank the people who’ve made this work personally,” they continued on social media. “I’m really happy this is rolling out.”

The user said their mother needs their help to leave the groups because, “she’s not that great with technology.”

To enable this new feature: Settings > Account > Privacy > Groups and select either “Nobody”, “My Contacts” or “Everyone”.

“These new privacy settings will begin rolling out to some users starting today and will be available worldwide in the coming weeks to those using the latest version of WhatsApp,” the company said.

Trent Reed
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