How to stop people from adding you to random WhatsApp groups?

Now admin’s who can’t add you to groups will have to send you a private invite through an individual chat to join

With the new update, WhatsApp users have more control over choosing who can add them to groups.

In a blog announcing the update, a spokesperson for WhatsApp explained: "As people turn to groups for important conversations, users have asked for more control over their experience".

The feature allows users to select if everyone, all contacts, or specific contacts can add them to group chats.

Essentially, everyone could add you to groups without permission, only your contacts could you add you to groups without your permission, or nobody could add you to groups without permission. India's Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) revealed today that it had published an advisory on the malware attack, three days before WhatsApp informed the Indian authorities.

WhatsApp had said it was suing NSO Group, an Israeli surveillance firm that is reportedly behind the technology that helped unnamed entities' spies hack into phones of roughly 1,400 users spanning across four continents, including diplomats, political dissidents, journalists and senior government officials.

Ahead of Brazil's elections past year political campaigners were using software to automatically add swaths of people to politically motivated WhatsApp groups without their permission. You'll there find the My Contacts Except. option that sits next to the existing Everyone and My Contacts. Before today, the privacy setting had only been available in India, where the company has been fine-tuning the feature ahead of today's global rollout.

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The update is rolling out to users around the world on the latest version of WhatsApp, said the Facebook-owned company.

If you can take control of who adds you into these chats, then you have an extra tool to protect your identity and make sure unusual or scammy people don't contact you as well as protecting yourself from bullies.

For a privacy-focussed individual, this is very useful.

There is also a control that allows the group admin (s) to restrict who can change the group's subject, icon and description which can be changed under "Group Settings".

Last month, WhatsApp brought the improved group privacy settings to the iOS beta version 2.19.110.20 and Android beta version 2.19.298.

These figures represent unique downloads, defined as "one download per Apple ID or Google account, not including re-installs, installs to multiple devices owned by the same account, or app updates", according to Sensor Tower.

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