To give users more control over who will be able to add them to a Group, Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp announced a new privacy setting and Group invite system on Wednesday. On the Privacy menu under Groups, users would get three options to select from – ‘Nobody’, ‘My Contacts’ or ‘Everyone’. “The ‘Nobody’ option means you will need to confirm joining each group to which you’re invited and ‘My Contacts’ means only users you will have in your address book can also add you to groups,” the firm claimed in a statement.
For users who select the above settings, the person welcoming them to a group will be prompted to send a private invite via an individual chat, giving users the choice of joining the group. People would have three days to accept any group invite after which it would expire.
The ‘Everyone’ option will open users to be added to any group, just like it has remained on the app until now. These new privacy settings have begun rolling out and would be available worldwide in the coming weeks on the latest version of WhatsApp.share on