I was really upset when I woke up one morning to discover that I had over 100 messages waiting to be read from a group I never joined. A friend actually put me in the group without my consent.
Well, in a few weeks that will not be possible anymore.
How do I mean?
In a few weeks, WhatsApp will be adding a privacy setting which makes it possible for other users to actually seek my consent before putting me in a group.
How will it work?
WhatsApp users will be able to choose between:
- Nobody – which means users will have to approve the invite before they can be added into the group.
- My Contacts – which means that only contacts you have on your phone’s address book can add you to a group
- Everyone – everyone using the App can invite you to a group.
If you choose to approve of joining a group, the person requiring you to join the group will be required to send you a private invite. This lapses after three days.
When will this settings be available to all uses?
In a view weeks time.
What will the settings be?
Simply go to Settings on your WhatsApp and follow this steps: Account => Privacy => Groups. From here, you can select from the three options above.
All you need to do is to have the latest WhatsApp on your phone.
If you ask me, this is great news. So, we all keep our fingers crossed. Please check back here for the update.
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