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The New Setting Notification! Now You Can Decide Who Can Add You To WhatsApp Group

The setting will be rolled out Wednesday for some users and be available worldwide in the coming weeks.

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The WhatsApp messaging platform application appears on a smartphone, March 10, 2017. Pixabay

Facebook Inc on Wednesday changed the privacy settings on its WhatsApp messaging platform, allowing users to decide who can add them to chat groups, as it tries to revamp its image after growing privacy concerns among users.

WhatsApp, which has about 1.5 billion users, has been trying to find ways to stop misuse of the app, following global concerns that the platform was being used to spread fake news, manipulated photos, videos without context and audio hoaxes, with no way to monitor their origin or full reach.

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In a blog post, WhatsApp said a user inviting another to a group will be prompted to send a private invite through an individual chat, giving the recipient the choice of joining the group. The request will expire in three days. Pixabay

The messaging service said in January it would limit the number of times a user could forward a message to five in a bid to fight “misinformation and rumors.”

Concerns about Facebook’s handling of personal information have grown since the world’s largest social network admitted in March that data of millions of users was wrongly harvested by political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

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WhatsApp, which has about 1.5 billion users, has been trying to find ways to stop misuse of the app, following global concerns that the platform was being used to spread fake news, manipulated photos, videos without context and audio hoaxes, with no way to monitor their origin or full reach. Pixabay

In a blog post, WhatsApp said a user inviting another to a group will be prompted to send a private invite through an individual chat, giving the recipient the choice of joining the group. The request will expire in three days.

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The setting will be rolled out Wednesday for some users and be available worldwide in the coming weeks.

WhatsApp, seen as a key tool for communications and commerce in many countries, was acquired by Facebook in 2014 for $19 billion. (VOA)

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Twitter Rolls Out Emoji Reactions For Direct Messages

The official @Twitter account teased the feature sharing the string of emoji that will be available once the feature is live

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The latest feature includes seven new reactions and one can add an emoji reaction to any type of Direct Message be it text or media attachments. Pixabay

Micro blogging site Twitter on Thursday rolled out new emoji reactions for Direct Messages to all users on the web, iOS and Android.

It is similar to the functionality that Facebook added to Messenger back in 2017, which enables users to allocate an emoji response to each specific message.

The official @Twitter account teased the feature sharing the string of emoji that will be available once the feature is live.

To add an emoji reaction, hover over the message and click/tap on the heart button called a ‘reaction button’.

A user can also double-tap on the message and select an emoji reaction after the pop-up.

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Micro blogging site Twitter on Thursday rolled out new emoji reactions for Direct Messages to all users on the web, iOS and Android. Pixabay

“Say more with new emoji reactions for Direct Messages. To add a reaction, click the icon that appears when you hover over the message on web or double tap the message on mobile and select an emoji from the pop-up,” the company said in a tweet.

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The latest feature includes seven new reactions and one can add an emoji reaction to any type of Direct Message be it text or media attachments. (IANS)