WhatsApp today announced another protection for users in an effort to clamp down on the spread of fake news and misinformation. Through a new feature, users can control who has permission to add them to groups. The company says this will “help to limit abuse” and keep people’s phone numbers private. Related to this, the app will also introduce an invite system for those who enable the additional protections, allowing users to vet any incoming group invites before deciding to join.
The privacy setting arrives only a day after the Facebook-owned messaging app launched a fact-checking tipline in India, ahead of elections in the country.
Like other social platforms, WhatsApp has played a role in the spread of fake news. In Brazil, for example, the