The most recent feature that WhatsApp has added to its messaging app is improved group privacy settings. WhatsApp is constantly working to add new features. The business has now made the decision to provide you the option of deciding whether you want to be included in a group conversation or not. This is a crucial feature that has been available in the beta app for a while, and it has now been included to WhatsApp’s stable release.
Your addition to arbitrary groups will be limited by the new group privacy settings feature, which also adds an invite mechanism to the mix. This implies that you will now have the authority to decide who can add you to new groups.
Let’s have a brief look at the group privacy setting since it has recently gone live for a few users, including myself:
Controlling Group Privacy Settings
Note: I tested out the feature on my Nokia 7 Plus running Android 9 Pie using WhatsApp’s stable build 2.19.190.
The existing privacy options for your WhatsApp account have been supplemented with the group privacy settings. Follow these procedures to modify who can add you to a new group conversation:
1. Navigate to the Account > Privacy option in WhatsApp’s Settings.
2. Below the new Groups settings, you’ll notice three incredibly well-known choices. My Contacts is fairly self-explanatory, while Nobody indicates that absolutely no admin will be able to add you to any group. Everyone will allow any and all users—even those who are not in your contacts—to add you to groups.
You’re probably wondering if you select the Nobody option, will I ever be added to any group talks. You won’t be added to any groups at random, which is fantastic. No more familial or arbitrary hoax news distribution organisations, please. You will now have the choice of which groups you want to join. It will be a selective process, that much is true.
The admins trying to add you to a group will encounter an error if you select the Nobody option in the group privacy setting. Could not add [XYZ] contact is what it will say. They can accept your private invitation to join this group. Here, the administrator can click the Invite to Group button to request your presence in a group. As seen below, you will receive a message containing the invitation, which you can tap to accept the offer. Isn’t it absolutely wonderful?
You would be able to accept group invites rather than blatantly leaving groups you’ve been included to without your agreement, which sounds like a really helpful function and would save you a lot of hassle. It appears that WhatsApp complied with the Indian government’s request to include a function that would require user approval when creating groups. The majority of WhatsApp users will benefit from a further reduction in the dissemination of false information thanks to this.