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