Group invitation on WhatsApp may soon require your permission

Joanna Estrada
February 18, 2019

The company has started testing the new feed layout with a small group of users on the iOS platform in specific regions, including Brazil, Spain, and India. As per the latest report posted in January 2019, WhatsApp Business managed to register more than five million active businesses and also succeeded in attracting more customers than ever before. The instant messaging platform is reportedly working to sort the status updates. WhatsApp will regularize the feature later, after the function is tested on the beta versions. The Status feature was copied from Snapchat, but it is a deniable fact that like Snapchat stories, the WhatsApp status didn't gain much popularity.

According to Mashable, WhatsApp is testing a new feature to make its status more engaging and interactive. People with hundreds of contacts on WhatsApp witness a lot of Status updates, including your family, friends and the ones that you occasionally talk to. The algorithm will give first preference to those contacts on WhatsApp whose Status updates are mostly viewed.

Once the new feature is added, users will be required to use the privacy setting to choose; everyone - if they do not mind being added into groups, my contacts - if they only want those in their list of contacts to add them and no one - if they want to authorize all group additions.

In another development, WhatsApp plans to make changes to status update notification algorithm so that only the people, whom the user has a regular chat session, will appear on top and not every person, who changes their status update. It is worth noting that most WhatsApp features first come to iPhone users and are later pushed to Android and Windows users. It is already working for Android users. It also cited a Bengaluru-based eyewear brand Glassic, which claimed 30-percent of its new sales were generated through WhatsApp Business.

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