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

WhatsApp introduces new privacy settings for groups

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. So far, WhatsApp has resisted the government's demand for identifying message originators, arguing that such a move would undermine the end-to-end encryption and the private nature of the platform, creating potential for serious misuse. Previously, any user could be added to a WhatsApp group without their consent.

Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, WhatsApp announced a new privacy setting to the Group invite system to give users more control over who can add them to groups. However, the group's creator will be able to send you a link in a private message asking you to join the group. You just get a notification that you've been added to a group; you can leave it, sure, but you were already added. You can manually check if you've received the feature by updating WhatsApp to the latest version. Nobody means you will be sent an invite to join a group, but you will not be added until you approve.

'WhatsApp groups continue to connect family, friends, coworkers, classmates and more, ' a spokesman for WhatsApp said in a statement.

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Nearly two months ago, it was reported that WhatsApp was developing a tool within settings that will allow you to manage how you get invited by others into groups. As people turn to groups for important conversations, users have asked for more control over their experience.

To restrict joining of new groups on WhatsApp, there will be the specific privacy setting that can be accessed by going to Account Privacy Groups from the WhatsApp settings menu and then three distinct options will be available on the screen, namely Nobody, My Contacts, and Everyone.

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. Last year, it had restricted forwarding messages to five chats at once.

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