New!! WhatsApp feature to avoid annoying group chats

Updated: Nov 17, 2019

Whatsapp finally introduces setting to limit those annoying unwarrented group chat invites.

This feature really comes in handy as before any Jack could have added you into a group chat. Not to mention, there are group chats with your close friends and immediate family members that you honestly might not really want to be in but you’d look like a an d*** if you leave so you stay.

Then of course, there’s the annoying spam group chats that a friend of a friend of a friend added you into for some obscure reason that makes zero sense to you but you now wake up to 100+ messages because of it. Those are the worst. Try working in a co-working space and being added into it’s group chat. It’s hell.

Well, Whatsapp is now giving you a solid shield against the swords that are random group chat invitations. The messaging app has introduced a new privacy setting and invite system to help you decide who can add you to groups. 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. This new option gives you the freedom to decide who gets to drag you into hell a new group. This essentially makes group chats consensual, which is a BIG win. A chat admin can still send you a private invite if he/she drops you the invite link via personal message, but the best part about this is that the said invite will disappear after three days, so just close one eye lah. Of course, Whatsapp isn’t merely doing this to make your life a lot more peaceful.

It’s part of the company’s initiative on combating the spread of fake news. The feature is now available for BOTH iOS and Android, so you might want to start customizing who can add you and who cannot.



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