For some, users will be able to select between Nobody, My Contacts, and Everyone to be able to add them to groups.
The Facebook-owned messaging app just introduced a new feature that gives you more control over who can add you to groups on the platform.
With the new update, a WhatsApp group admin has to send a private message to get prior permission from a user before adding the latter to the group. But, the new "Group Invitation" feature has come as a big relief, especially for those who were annoyed by getting randomly added to the WhatsApp groups. Select "Privacy", then "Groups", and from there you'll be able to choose between three options: Nobody, My Contacts, or Everyone. "Nobody" signifies that anyone can add that user to any group, In case of "My Contacts", only people in the user's address book can his/her to groups. Any group invite you receive will have three days validity before it expires.
The new privacy settings have started rolling out to some users and will be more widely available in the coming weeks. TIME also documented similar misuse of WhatsApp in India ahead of the country's national elections.
People will now have the option to choose from three options in their settings from "nobody, ' 'my contacts, ' or 'everyone".
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Users that restrict who can add them to groups can still be added by private invitation.
In a related development, WhatsApp is testing 'reverse image search' feature, which will help user fact check whether the photo is fake or original.
The move is significant as social media platforms are expected to play a major role in political campaigns to reach out to citizens in large numbers.
"Groups continue to connect family, friends, coworkers, classmates and more". One of the biggest changes made past year was the limiting of forwarding a message in India to only five chats at once.
Overall, this is a terrific move from WhatsApp.