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Did you check your WhatsApp privacy settings after global outage?

You may need to reset a few options

SAMAA | - Posted: Oct 6, 2021 | Last Updated: 3 weeks ago
Posted: Oct 6, 2021 | Last Updated: 3 weeks ago

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WhatsApp privacy settings were reset to default values after Facebook-owned applications suffered a global outage late Monday.

Although Facebook has announced that no data was compromised during the suspension of their services, WhatsApp users may need to revisit their privacy settings as they automatically reverted to default after the app was restored.

This means that WhatsApp groups you are a member of are now open to “Everyone”. If you want to customise your privacy settings, follow these simple steps:

1. Go to Settings

2. Select Account

3. Choose Privacy

4.  Go to Groups

5.  Change settings from Everyone to My Contacts

Facebook-owned applications were disrupted for an hour in March 2021 as well. 

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7 Comments

  1. Mark  October 7, 2021 1:58 am/ Reply

    This is a false story. It hints that security has been compromised, which is not true. If you change this setting no one will be able to add you to a group unless you already have the group administrator’s contact in your phone book. For this reason this setting has always had a default of Everyone. Nothing has changed because of the outage.

    • val  October 8, 2021 4:15 pm/ Reply

      Absolutely right, it has always been there but I guess some people just don’t bother to check their privacy settings and all except when something like the outage occurs and all kinds of conspiracy theories spun up, then prompting people to go look and when they do, they just assume it’s a new setting or something else.

  2. Anonymous  October 7, 2021 5:29 pm/ Reply

    Please not banded my WhatsApp

  3. Saim Ziap  October 8, 2021 1:46 pm/ Reply

    My whatsapp code

  4. Abdul wahab  October 9, 2021 3:01 am/ Reply

    UAE whatsapp no call my country why

  5. Clayton  October 9, 2021 3:27 am/ Reply

    Yeah this story’s sole purpose is to sell ads via useless fear-mongering.

  6. Ravi P  October 9, 2021 6:51 am/ Reply

    This is false post.
    My privacy settings for was set as as my contacts before the outage, and after outage also, it is the same set as my contacts.
    So don’t panic.
    Once verify your setting and act accordingly.

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