In a blog post earlier today, WhatsApp announced that it has updated its privacy settings to bring more features to the users when it comes to group interaction.
As you might know, anyone with your phone number can add you in groups whether or not you are interested in it. However, WhatsApp has introduced a new feature that will prevent this from happening. If you are using the latest version of the app, you will be able to select one of the three options from group chat privacy settings. They are: ‘everyone’, ‘my contacts’ and ‘my contacts except’.
However, you should note that if someone is an admin of a group, they will be able to send an invite to the group as a private message. However, link sent in this way will expire after three days. In the blog post, WhatsApp also detailed how you can enable the feature. The company wrote, “To enable it, go to Settings in your app, then tap Account > Privacy > Groups and select one of three options: “Everyone,” “My Contacts,” or “My Contacts Except.” “My Contacts” means only users you have in your address book can add you to groups and “My Contacts Except” provides additional control for who among your contacts can add you to a group.”
WhatsApp has started updating the app on a rolling basis. As a result, you might need to wait a few days to get the feature.