NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found it to be misleading.
Claim 1: WhatsApp has not changed the privacy setting of ‘Groups’
Firstly, we checked our ‘Groups’ setting in the ‘Privacy’ section and found out that there was no change in it. The privacy setting was not changed to ‘Everyone’.
The settings have not changed automatically but have been the same that were set up by users. It is important to note if the privacy of the groups shows ‘Everyone’ for some users, it means it has been the same since 2019 when WhatsApp first introduced the Privacy Settings For Groups and the user never changed the default option.
WhatsApp introduced the setting back in 2019, announcing in its blog that it is introducing a new privacy setting and invite system to help users decide who can add them to groups.
The above information proves that the update was done in 2019, not recently and did not happen “overnight”.
Several messages are circulating in the wake of the recent privacy policies introduced by the instant messaging platform, which triggered a huge flow of misinformation regarding the messaging tool on social media.
Therefore, WhatsApp took to Twitter and clarified that their latest policy change does not affect the privacy of groups. “WhatsApp groups remain private”, the tweet stated.
— WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) January 12, 2021
Hence, from the above information, it is clear that the message in circulation is false.
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