It is a feature that is way overdue, but WhatsApp may finally implement an update that would allow users to control how they join group chats
Everyone is probably familiar with group chats, especially since we all likely have one for family, another for extended family, and maybe two for work-related things.
The allegedly upcoming feature was reported by WABetaInfo on Tuesday, 12 February.
Currently only available to iOS beta testers, the 'Group Invitation' feature would allow users to control who is allowed to add them to groups.
Here's how the 'Group Invitation' feature will work:
The feature will be accessible via a WhatsApp user's 'Privacy' settings. When the update rolls out, a new 'Groups' option will be available in the menu.
Users will be able to choose one of three options:
- Everyone: so basically, nothing changes and people can still add you into group chats without your permission.
- My Contacts: only people in your contacts will be able to add you into group chats without your express permission.
- Nobody: you will need to approve or reject every time you're added to a group chat.
The invitation to join a group will appear in the form of a new chat