Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Never be added to a WhatsApp group unsolicited again? Now you can

Many WhatsApp users will recognize it: suddenly they are added to a group conversation where everyone also immediately starts chattering fanatically. Very annoying, but since last Wednesday the messaging service gives you the option to refuse these mandatory invitations in advance.

The option was already announced in April but was delayed after extensive testing of the feature among users in India. After a minor adjustment, refusing group conversations is now also available to Western users.

How does it work?

The option to refuse group calls can be found under the settings screen in the app. Then tap ‘Account’, ‘Privacy’ and then ‘Groups’. Here you will find three options: ‘Everyone’, ‘My contacts’ and ‘My contacts except’. By choosing ‘My contacts’, you will in advance refuse anyone you have not included in your contact list. With the option ‘My contacts except’ you can also refuse specific persons within your contact list. With ‘everyone’, nothing actually changes and everyone can invite you to a group conversation on WhatsApp.

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WhatsApp currently does not offer an option to reject all group conversations in one fell swoop.

Teodora Torrendo
Teodora Torrendo
Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.

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