You can now control who can add you to a WhatsApp group

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If a user set the privacy settings to the Nobody, the user has to approve joining every WhatsApp group to which they are invited.

If someone tries to add you to groups and your settings do not allow it, they will be forced to send you a private message with an invite link. For people outside of contacts, or for people who select "Nobody", users must invite you to a group over DM. "My Contacts" would allow people in the user's contact list to add them in a group. These new privacy settings will roll out starting today to some users and will be coming to others worldwide soon as a part of the app update. Invites are made in an individual chat and are valid three days before expiring. Previously, the user would be automatically be added to a group without their consent and would be up to them to quit or stay.

The platform has been testing a new feature that highlights messages as "frequently forwarded" if they have been shared five or more times.

If you are concerned about your privacy as well as sanity, you can go with the Nobody setting as this will disable any group admin from adding you instantly.

With these changes, WhatsApp hopes to give users more control over the group messages they get.

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Sick of strangers adding you to WhatsApp groups?

If you are on Whatsapp, chances are you are in more than three groups.

The feature is available on the latest WhatsApp stable version. On top of that, numerous users in developing countries like Indi, m who are still getting familiar with the idea of instant messaging via mobile phones, fall easy culprits to this trade.

WhatsApp per TechCrunch will also be adding an invite system for those who enable the additional protections. Probably mute the group for a year (it's what I usually do) or, keep on receiving tens of notifications by the hour as you suffer in silence.

WhatsApp counts India as one of its largest markets with over 200 million users and so this move assumes importance ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections, touted to be the largest democratic exercise in the world.

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