Facebook-owned WhatsApp has added a new privacy setting, which will let users decide whether they want to join a group on the messaging platform or not, the company said on Wednesday.
"WhatsApp groups continue to connect family, friends, co-workers, classmates, and more. As people turn to groups for important conversations, users have sought more control over their experience. Today, we're introducing a new privacy setting and invite system to help you decide who can add you to groups," the company wrote in a blog post.
To enable the feature, users need to go to the "Settings" option in the app, then tap "Account, Privacy and Groups" and select one of the following three options: "Everyone," "My Contacts," or "My Contacts Except."
Enabling "My Contacts" will mean that only users they have in their address book can add them to groups and "My Contacts Except" lets the users exclude those contacts who they do not want to give this control.
"In cases, an admin can't add users to a group, he will be prompted to send a private invite through an individual chat, giving the user the choice of joining the group. The user will have three days to accept the invite before it expires," the company said.