You can now control people adding you to WhatsApp groups

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Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, WhatsApp announced a new privacy setting to the Group invite system to give users more control over who can add them to groups. This feature will be available on Settings Account Privacy Groups.

Selecting the "Nobody" option will mean that you'll have to approve the request for joining every group to which you're invited. So, if you have selected "Nobody" for example in your settings, you will get a good three days to decide whether you are finally ready for a serious group chat or not.

If you've been using WhatsApp for any decent amount of time, you've probably been added, with or without your consent, to a WhatsApp Group chat. This is what has compelled WhatsApp to build features that inform users when they receive forwarded messages, and put a limit to the number of times a message can be forwarded.

Indian Lok Sabha elections are just a couple of weeks away and Facebook's WhatsApp is leaving no stone unturned to keep users from exploiting the app for spreading fake news. I could go on and on, and you'll still find many people trapped with the same predicament. And, choosing the "Nobody" option will prevent everyone from adding you to a group.

The update will come as a relief to many and will ultimately silencing the serial group admins who add everyone without prompting them. Voters in India can verify the truthfulness of messages they receive.

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The feature has to be enabled by the user, which in my view should have arrived by default.

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Discussing the added functionality, the firm said: "WhatsApp groups continue to connect family, friends, coworkers, classmates and more".

To note, the problem of fake news on WhatsApp has grown drastically over the years, especially in India. Users can choose to join the group via that link; otherwise the link expires in 24 hours.

Options available include "everyone", "my contacts" or you can choose to block all invites totally using the "Nobody" option.

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