Soon, no one can add you to WhatsApp group without your approval

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Soon, no one can add you to WhatsApp group without your approval

In a big relief to WhatsApp users, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has asked the Facebook-owned messaging platform to bring in a feature that would first ask for the users’

  • consent before adding them to any WhatsApp Group. Currently, any WhatsApp user can be added to a group without his or her permission.
  • The government’s move came after several people complained that they were being added to random groups repetitively without their consent.

  • Once the complaints were brought to the notice of MeitY by the government agencies, the ministry took up the matter with WhatsApp.

  • Soon, no one can add you to WhatsApp group without your approval

  • Earlier, WhatsApp had introduced a feature wherein the group’s administrator must have the users’ number stored in the contact list.
  • And, if the user left the group twice then the admin wasn’t allowed to add him/her again. However, this wasn’t a fool-proof measure.
  • MeitY, in its letter, said that even after exiting the group twice, the users were added back again through a different admin.
  • In some cases, a completely new group was started with a different mobile number and these users were added to that group. WhatsApp hasn’t yet replied to the letter
Soon, no one can add you to WhatsApp group without your approval
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