Let’s face it, the majority of Whatsapp groups are an exasperation – the constant notifications and updates that often not even relevant. You get roped into groups and then feel bad when wanting to leave, so what do you do? Mute everyone. Besides the daily annoyance of multiple groups, it’s also a big tool which many use people to spread fake news.
WhatsApp has decided to put an end to your frustrations and crack down on the spread of harmful media with a new feature that allows you to screen groups with an invite instead just unwillingly being added to one. The company announced this new change in a blog post, stating that the feature will allow users who can and cannot add them to groups and users can also opt out of all groups.
WhatsApp says the new privacy settings will be available worldwide in the coming weeks to those using the latest version of the platform. To enable it, go to Settings in WhatsApp, > Account > Privacy > Groups and select one of three options: “Nobody”, “My Contacts”, or “Everyone”.
“Nobody” means you’ll have to approve joining every group to which you’re invited. Any person adding you to a group will be prompted to send a private invite, giving you the choice of joining the group. You’ll have three days to accept the invite before it expires.