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Friday July 19, 2024

Meta's WhatsApp makes group chats safer with new feature

WhatsApp's new feature has already started rolling out globally and will be available to all users in coming weeks

By Web Desk
July 10, 2024
A person texts using Metas instant messaging app, WhatsApp on a smartphone. — Unsplash
A person texts using Meta's instant messaging app, WhatsApp on a smartphone. — Unsplash

WhatsApp, the Meta-owned instant messaging app, has introduced a new feature which puts an end to an issue where you may receive group invites from unknown users of the app.

The new feature is called "context cards" which will protect you from getting added to groups by people you don’t know and from widespread online group scams.

But how?

When you receive a group invite from someone not in your contacts, a context card will be displayed and provide additional information about the group.

This includes details like the group's creation date, a brief overview of its purpose, and information about the person who created it.

While this information may not be much, it might be just enough for you to decide if you want to join the group or not, Android Authority reported.

The new feature also protects you from widespread online group scam as they can always report, block the group or leave the group immediately, if you still can't figure out why the unfamiliar user is interested in adding you to their group.

The feature was announced by WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart on his channel on the instant-messaging app.

The group chat context cards have already started rolling out globally and will be available to all users "over the coming weeks," according to a press release by WhatsApp.