How to stop people adding you to annoying WhatsApp groups?
WhatsApp provides more control over who can add you to groups on the platform, which is intended to cut down on abuse and keep your phone number private.
Sick of strangers adding you to WhatsApp groups? Now you can stop them.
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. WhatsApp says this new privacy feature for groups will cut down on abuse and help keep your phone number private.
To specify who can add you to a group, head over to Settings. Tap Account > Privacy > Groups and select one of the three options: “Nobody,” “My Contacts,” or “Everyone.”
“‘Nobody’ means you’ll have to approve joining every group to which you’re invited, and ‘My Contacts’ means only users you already know can add you to groups,” WhatsApp explained in a Wednesday blog post. “In cases where ‘My Contacts’ or ‘Nobody’ is selected, the person inviting you to a group will be prompted to send a private invite through an individual chat, giving you the choice of whether to join the group.”
From there, you’ll have three days to decide whether or not to approve the invitation before it expires.
The new privacy settings are rolling out to “some users” starting today, WhatsApp said. If you don’t see them right away, sit tight: they will be available worldwide “in the coming weeks” to those using the latest version of the app.
This comes after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg last month announced plans to “rebuild” the company’s services with a greater emphasis on privacy over the next five years. As part of that plan, Zuckerberg said people will be able to use any Facebook-owned app to communicate across networks.