WhatsApp groups are primary sources of fake news. Anyone having your number can add you in a WhatsApp group and then you will have to quit if you want to be there. If the group was made by one of your known, you will also feel awkward in leaving the group. If you cannot leave, you will have to face those conversations you are not interested. The only option you left with is to block notifications of the WhatsApp group. But WhatsApp has now added an option that gives you control over who can add you in their group. You can set if you want any other person to add in your WhatsApp group or not. If you are not sure how to set this on WhatsApp, keep reading. In this article, I will tell you how to stop people from adding you to a WhatsApp group.
WhatsApp now added a new privacy option that gives users control over who can add them in a WhatsApp group. You can either block in completely for all users or enable just for your contacts. So only a person in your contact list can add you in a group. Later in this article, I will tell you steps of configuring this option to avoid group spamming.
Stop people from adding you in a WhatsApp group
Open WhatsApp app and tap on three vertical dots at the top right side to open menu options. In menu options, select Settings.
Now select the ‘Account’ and then tap on ‘Privacy’. Now find out the option ‘Groups’ and tap on it.
Here, you see three options: Everyone, My Contacts, Nobody. If you select ‘Everyone’, any person having your phone number can add you in a WhatsApp group. Select option ‘My Contacts’ just allows your contacts to add you in a WhatsApp group. The last option blocks anyone from adding you in WhatsApp group.
You can select an option depending on your choice. I have set it to ‘Nobody’. So, no person can add me to any group. If anyone wants to, he/she will have to ask me personally. That gives me control over what WhatsApp group I really want to join.
WhatsApp could have added this option earlier. The same kind of option should also be there for the Facebook group. WhatsApp is now one of the biggest news sources and also the biggest source of fake news. So, it is really important for the company to offer such features that help users in blocking unknown sources. I recommend people to leave those groups where people regularly share unverified news or fake news. You should also encourage people not to forward a piece of news if they are not sure about its authenticity.
Now you know how to stop people from adding you in a WhatsApp group. So, enable this option to have peace of mind.