The Facebook-owned service said that the feature setting is rolling out for some users today, but will be available worldwide within the coming weeks. This works similar to WhatsApp status, photo or last seen sharing feature wherein you can allow/disallow everybody/only your contacts/nobody from your contacts list.
Some WhatsApp users have always been frustrated with the problem of random group adds.
Today, WhatsApp is introducing a new privacy setting and invite system to help users decide who can add them to groups.
In both of those cases, the person inviting you to a group will be prompted to send a private invitation through an individual chat, giving you the choice of joining the group.
WhatsApp status will also be updated to have those you interact with most appearing at the top as opposed to the current feed that ranks most recent statuses at the top.
If you select "Nobody", you will have to approve joining every group to which you're invited, and "My Contacts" means only users you have in your address book can add you to groups.
One of WhatsApp's most used features is letting you form or join groups which can have as many as 256 members.
To do this, you'll need to go open the app, and head to Settings Privacy Groups, where you'll be able to choose from the three options. As people turn to groups for important conversations, users have asked for more control over their experience.
Users that choose to restrict who can add them to groups can still be invited by a private link, which gives basic information about the group they've been invited to.
The move is significant as social media platforms are expected to play a major role in political campaigns to reach out to citizens in large numbers.
However, WhatsApp has so far resisted the Indian government's demand for identifying message originators. Especially in the lead up to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the platform has been amping up measures, launching initiatives like the "Checkpoint Tipline" and limiting the number of forwards to five chats at a time.