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Been Added To WhatsApp Groups Without Consent? Here’s What You Can Do

Published on 13 December, 2018 at 5:59 pm By

WhatsApp is one of the most popular online messaging platforms. Ever since it first came out in January 2009, its users have been increasing multi-fold. One can send text messages, share media, and even make video calls via the app. It is a convenient way to keep in touch with loved ones. But anything this good cannot be completely free of inconveniences, and neither is WhatsApp. One such inconvenience is WhatsApp groups.


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There is no prerequisite of taking a user’s permission before adding them to a group. I mean, how many groups are you a part of? Was your permission ever sought? Well, the answer to this is a definite no.

 

 

Given that anyone can add you to a group and expose you to a string of unnecessary messages is risky. And it’s nothing short of a menace for those who are at the receiving end of things. Imagine being added to groups again and again without your consent.

As per reports, the Ministry of Electronics & IT (MeitY) wrote to WhatsApp about this. In response, they said that an admin must have the user in their contacts to add them to the WhatsApp groups. Well, isn’t that a little too simple?

 



 

WhatsApp officials further added that if someone exists a group twice, the admin cannot add them again for a while. But is that really enough? It is always possible for people to make new WhatsApp groups and continue doing so. MeitY thus reportedly made a request to WhatsApp, to introduce a feature that requires users’ permission before adding them to a group.

 

 

Guess, we’ll have to wait for WhatsApp’s response.

Meanwhile, there are a few things you can do to protect yourself against such unnecessary WhatsApp groups and messages.

  • Mute The Groups: If you mute such WhatsApp groups, you will not receive notifications about them.
  • Block The Admin: Another great way to stay out of such groups is to block the admin of the group. This will stop him/her from adding you to the group again and again.
  • Exit Multiple Times: There is a feature that if you exit the group twice admin cannot add you again for a while. And the duration of these time-bound keeps on increasing with the number of times you exit the group. While it is not ideal, it is definitely somewhat of a solution

 


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So, do you want the feature requiring admins to seek user permission before adding them to a group? Or not?

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