The setting will be rolled out on Wednesday for some users and be available worldwide in the coming weeks.
Users will be given three options - Everyone, My Contacts and Nobody.
WhatsApp, who have over 200 million users in India, has come under criticism of its platform being used for the spread of misinformation. To make matters worse, a lot of them add their friends to groups they have no business in. If the user selects "Everyone" then he/she can be added to any group without their consent, which breaks the goal of the feature introduced in the first place.
WhatsApp on Wednesday announced that it is rolling out a new privacy setting that will help you decide who can add you to groups, preventing spam additions that have been a pain point for many users.
"With these new features, users will have more control over the group messages they receive". The instant messaging app is bringing an invite system for groups to essentially give users the choice of joining the group. They can then choose to join or the link will expire in 72 hours.
WhatsApp status will also be updated to have those you interact with most appearing at the top as opposed to the current feed that ranks most recent statuses at the top.
Firstly, users need to navigate to Settings - Account - Privacy and select Groups option, where they can see the above mentioned Nobody/ My Contacts/ Everyone options and can select accordingly.
In case if you've selected the Nobody option, the person inviting you to a group will be asked to send you a private invite through an individual chat.
Turning the "Nobody" setting on doesn't completely bar strangers from interacting with you; other users can still send you a private message with an invite link to join the group chat.
If you decide on the nobody option, then no one in your contact list is able to add you to a group without sending you an invite. One of the biggest changes made a year ago was the limiting of forwarding a message in India to only five chats at once. It had imposed a limit of five on the number of times a message could be forwarded on WhatsApp.