WhatsApp has launched a new privacy feature to give users more control over how they use group conversations in the popular messaging application – and we may not be happier.
The Facebook-owned service announced changes that will give users the ability to control who can add them to a group – and more importantly, those who can not.
You will now be able to choose from the following three options when using group conversations in WhatsApp.
• “No one” – meaning that no one will be able to add you to a group (although there’s a warning we’ll get to the second)
• My Contacts – which allows people whose numbers you have saved to be added to groups
• “Everyone” – this is quite obvious, meaning that anyone can add you to a group
Enabling the new group privacy feature is simple. Just go to Settings> Account> Privacy> Groups in the app and you’ll see all options available if you’ve already been offered.
However, there are a few catch. First, if someone tries to add you to a group but you stop them from doing so, they can still send you a private message with a valid invitation link for 72 hours.
So, while the problem of adding to dozens of fictional football groups and fictional work talks may disappear, you may still be missing a series of requests for the groups listed.
This update responds to user feedback about their spam exposure with the addition of an unwanted group, as well as enhanced application feature set, which now also includes the ability to unsubscribe WhatsApp messages.
WhatsApp also said that some users will get the update today, provided they use the latest version of the app, but this comprehensive version will take a few weeks to complete.
This is likely to be a nuisance for many enthusiasts to start using the new WhatsApp useful feature.
We can confirm that it did not land on WhatsApp on one of our iOS devices in the UK at the time of publication, but the distance traveled by device and location may vary.