first_img Have you ever been added to a WhatsApp group chat without your consent? That is about to change, thanks to WhatsApp’s latest privacy move. The Facebook-owned company will now allow you to block randoms from adding you to annoying group chats and spare you from unnecessary notifications.On Wednesday, WhatsApp announced that it’s changing its messaging app to give users more control over which groups they choose to communicate or not communicate with, VentureBeat reported. With this change, WhatsApp aims to enforce more privacy on its messaging app, so users aren’t randomly added to group chats that they don’t want to be part of. This new feature will roll out to users in the next couple of weeks, and it will require the most updated version of WhatsApp to work.Looking to Marie Kondo your digital life? Pin the chats that bring you joy to the top of your list and mute the most chatty groups when you’re feeling bogged down in messages. #WAProTip pic.twitter.com/mT8op13w7t— WhatsApp Inc. (@WhatsApp) March 29, 2019WhatsApp told VentureBeat that the new group chat feature can be accessed if you go to Settings, Account, Privacy, and then Groups. To update your group chat settings, you can select Nobody, My Contacts (the numbers you’ve saved on your phone already), and Everyone, if you don’t care if your added to random group chats. If someone wants to add you under the “restricted access” setting, they will have to send a private message to you that contains an invite link. You have 72 hours to decide if you want to join the group through the invite link and participate in the conversation.WhatsApp’s group chat feature comes on the heels of its recent security initiatives. The Facebook-owned company is currently piloting an image search tool that aims to limit hoax news, Engadget noted, and in January, it limited messaging forwarding to reduce misinformation and rumors on its messaging app.More on Geek.com:Creepy ‘Momo Challenge’ Reappears on WhatsAppWhatsApp Limits Message Forwarding to 5 Individuals, GroupsInstagram Direct Messaging Might Be Coming to Your Desktop Stay on target WhatsApp Was Hacked: Here’s How You Can Protect Your Phone InformationSri Lanka Temporarly Blocks Social Media Following Terror Attacks last_img read more