How to Stop People From Adding You to Random WhatsApp Groups

Sheri Evans
April 6, 2019

WhatsApp on Wednesday announced a major change in its privacy settings, allowing users to decide who can add them to groups. For instance, if the user wants to be added to any group through an invite-only regardless of the family, friends or any contact for that matter, they can select "Nobody" in the Group settings. The private invite will expire three days after its receipt.

Selection of Nobody doesn't mean that you would not be able to join any group, though it is possible via private invitation.

WhatsApp explained if users opt for the "nobody" option, they will have to approve a request every time someone wants to add them to a group chat.

The Facebook-owned service said that the feature is already rolling out for some users and will be available worldwide within the coming weeks. Ahead of that though, the settings are available in the Android beta and iPhone beta apps, and you can use these versions in case you're keen to experience it ahead of its official rollout. However, from now on, WhatsApp users will be able to choose which people can add them to groups.

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Then, hit on the "Groups" button and choose either "Contacts" or "Nobody" depending on what you prefer.

The statement added that starting Tuesday, users in India can submit misinformation or rumors received by them to the Checkpoint Tipline on WhatsApp (+91-9643-000-888). Clicking on "Join group" would allow users to get an overview of the group and its members, according to which the user can opt out or opt in. And WhatsApp is now removing around 2 million suspicious accounts globally per month, the report said. It had imposed a limit of five on the number of times a message could be forwarded on WhatsApp. Finally, "Nobody" - will block everyone from adding you to a group minus your consent.

WhatsApp has a new privacy feature. In countries like Brazil and India, Whatsapp groups are important points to spread fake and misleading news.

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