WhatsApp is systematically introducing a new control update that allows you to limit random people from adding you to group chats.
As reported by Venture Beat, the added control feature can be customised according to preferences. When it comes to who is allowed to add you to groups, you have three options: Nobody, My Contacts, and Everyone.
Strict group chat settings
Selecting Nobody will restrict any person from adding you to a group, regardless of whether it’s a known contact or not. Choosing My Contacts will allow people whose phone numbers you have saved on your phone to add you.
Selecting Everyone will allow any person who has your number saved on their phone to add you to WhatsApp chat groups.
If someone tries to add you to a group, WhatsApp will inform them that the action cannot be completed. The app will, however, give them the option of sending a private invite link. You can choose to accept or decline the invitation.
How to prevent people from adding you to groups
The update comes as a growing number of users have expressed frustration over the spamming and unwanted messages.
Go to Settings, then Account. Click on Privacy, then select Groups. Choose either Nobody, My Contacts, or Everybody. WhatsApp’s new group update launched on 3 April and will be rolling out to all users in the coming weeks.
Part of the bigger picture
The new controls are just one part of a host of changes coming to our handheld devices. To prevent the spread of misinformation, Whatsapp has already limited the number of times a message can be forwarded to five.
A fake news scourge is plaguing India ahead of the country’s general election in May. Whatsapp launched a new fact-checking service to combat the spread of false news. Voters in India can verify the truthfulness of messages they receive.