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WhatsApp Now Lets You Reject Group Invite From Strangers & Friends

The messaging app is finally letting you get rid of the nuisance once and for all.

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WhatsApp has updated its Group privacy features.
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WhatsApp users are getting updated privacy features for Groups, which allows them to make sure strangers as well as select contacts from their list are not able to send add them to random Groups. The main feature was first announced by the platform few months back but now WhatsApp claims to have tweaked its use after taking feedback from its users.

So, next time you get a Group invite, WhatsApp will give you three days to accept the same, after which it will expire from your app.

These are the steps to enable the new privacy settings.

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How to Stop Getting Group Invites on WhatsApp

  • Go to Settings in the app
  • Tap Account > Privacy > Groups
  • Select from “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 statement
How the updated feature works.
How the updated feature works.
(Photo: WhatsApp)

Basically, the feature has been available for a while, but WhatsApp has made a few changes, which involves replacing the option ‘Nobody’ to ‘My Contacts Except’.

This is what the Group settings showed previously.
This is what the Group settings showed previously.
(Photo: The Quint)

WhatsApp has been adding a slew of features at regular interval and more than anything else, we’re glad to see the Group privacy option now available for the user. This way, a person can make sure he’s not getting added to random groups on the messaging platform.

The Facebook-owned messaging app has been making the news, for its apparent involvement in letting intelligence spyware called Pegasus being infected into devices of targeted users.

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