After being in news reports for some time and under beta tests for a really long time, WhatsApp’s much-needed group privacy feature has gone official. The company has announced the rollout of a new privacy setting and invite system to help you decide who can add you to random WhatsApp groups.
The chat app is basically giving you more power in your hand in terms of who can you add you to WhatsApp groups. The move to introduce this new feature is understandable as WhatsApp’s group feature as annoying as much as it has been helpful. The chat app until now gave no control over who can add you to any WhatsApp group. Basically, anyone from your contact list could add you to any group. But this was all the story until today. From now on the picture changes as chat app has added better controls in the app now.
“One of the pieces of feedback we’ve heard is that people want more control over who can add them to groups. This helps prevent people from getting unwanted messages including viral information that can spread through groups. Today, we are introducing a new setting and invite system that will further empower users to have more control over the group messages they receive,” the company said in a statement.
The new group privacy controls include three options for who can add you to a group. These options are- Everyone, My Contacts, or My Contacts Except. My Contacts means only users you have in your address book can add you to groups and My Contacts Except provides additional control for who among your contacts can add you to a group.
In those cases, an admin who can’t add you to a group will be prompted to send a private invite through an individual chat, giving you the choice of joining the group. This invite expires in three days.
Note that the new feature is being launched from today and in the coming days it will be available to all the users across the world who are using the new version of WhatsApp.