WhatsApp has updated its group privacy settings

Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp is updating its group chat privacy settings to be more selective, announced the app in a blog post. Now, users will have the options of choosing who can automatically add them to a group, a setting that previously didn’t exist.

“WhatsApp groups continue to connect family, friends, coworkers, classmates and more. As people turn to groups for important conversations, users have asked for more control over their experience. Today, were introducing a new privacy setting and invite system to help you decide who can add you to groups,” said the blog post.

Starting today, select users can go to their WhatsApp settings, click Account > Privacy > Groups, and then choose one of three privacy options: “Nobody”, “My Contacts”, or “Everyone”. Choosing “Nobody” means that users will have to approve every single group invitation they receive. “My Contacts” means only numbers included the address book can automatically add them to a group.

WhatsApp users who have selected “Nobody” or “My Contacts” will receive a private invite through an individual message. The invite will expire after 3 days of no response. The new privacy feature is available today on select accounts and will soon expand worldwide to users who have the most updated version of WhatsApp.