The giant chatting application WhatsApp, has added a way to block strangers and friends from adding you to groups unsolicitedly, as such you have to grant them permission for you to be in their group.The new feature forces group-chatters to ask for your permission to add you.
The feature rolled out to users across the globe Last week Wednesday (6th November, 2019) with the latest WhatsApp update.
“Today, WhatsApp is introducing a new setting and invite system that will give users more control over the group messages they receive,” WhatsAp said in a statement.
“This is a result of customer feedback telling us that people want more control over who can add them to groups, preventing unwanted messages including viral information that can spread through groups.
Previously, anyone with your phone number could add you to a group chat.This allowed strangers to dump you into chats for spam purposes or trolling. And sometimes friends (or former friends) might have added you to a group you just didn’t want to be in.WhatsApp now lets you stop this from happening until you’ve accepted a private invitation.
Once you’ve downloaded the updated version from the app store, you can change group privacy through your settings.
To do so, hit WhatsApp Settings > Account > Privacy > Groups.
You’re then presented with three options for who you want to limit unsolicited invites to: “Everyone” my contacts” and “my contacts except“.
The first means anyone can add you to group chats without permission, while the second option limits this power to people in your contacts.
Those not on your contact list must add you to chats via an invitation sent to you in a private message.The final option lets you block several of your contacts from adding you while giving the rest of them the power to do so.
It’s a great way to stop any trigger-happy mates from adding you to too many chats – though we imagine the move might cause a few arguments.
To get the latest WhatsApp update on iOS, head to the App Store, tap on “today” and tap your profile icon. Select the app you want to update, or just tap “update all”.
On Android, open the Google Play Store app, tap Menu My apps & games, select the app you want to update, tap more and then hit “update”.