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Facebook-owned WhatsApp is developing a new 'Group Invitation' feature which will give users control to regulate how they join whatsapp group chats. Hence, end the annoying experience getting added to a group by an admin even when it is not desired. The feature will allow users to control who is allowed to add them to groups. In other words, no group admin will be able to add you to any group without your consent. This update has been reported by According to the report, this feature will be available in future for all iOS beta users who joined the TestFlight beta program in the next iOS updates.

New WhatsApp tool: Group Invitation feature to kill this annoying problem

New WhatsApp tool: Group Invitation feature to kill this annoying problem
New WhatsApp tool: Group Invitation feature to kill this annoying problem
WhatsApp offered a public beta program for Android and Windows Phone last year. After launching the latest beta version for Windows, WhatsApp is in a move to develop new features for all beta users.

Group Invitation feature is currently not available. However, the chatting app is said to be working to add this new feature and may add new improvements in the next updates, reports Wabetainfo. The Group Invitation feature is not available for development reasons as it needs more improvements before getting enabled for everyone.

In May last year, Wabetainfo had hinted that WhatsApp may be developing a new feature. It had then said that it was not possible to add Enterprise users in groups anymore because of a new privacy feature against spam.

It had said that a " Server-side protection" was apparently preventing some enterprises from being added in groups unless they were using group invite link. "This is very interesting, because maybe it opens doors to a new privacy feature that might be natively available in the app," had observed then.

At present, you can manage the Group Invitation feature in WhatsApp Settings > Account > Privacy > Groups option

By selecting this option, the user will get three options - Everyone, My contact and Nobody. When the admin is not able to add the user to the group, they will receive a request to join, using an invitation system. A user will receive a message depending upon the selection of privacy setting.

Everyone: If the user selects everyone option then they can be always added in groups. No invites will be received.

My Contacts: If the user has selected this option then they will be always added in groups from their contact numbers. They will get an invite to join a group from people not in his contacts list.

Nobody: If the user selected this option then they cannot be directly added in groups, in any situation. They will receive a request every time someone wants to add him to a group.

The new direction regarding the prices in the TV industry passed by Trai last year took the DTH industry by storm. All the DTH and cable service providers were rushing to migrate their subscribers to the new packs and prices. However, to the relief of the users, Trai extended the deadline for the implementation thus providing them more time to make the switch. This migration process also revealed a lot of loopholes in the system and the subscribers got a chance to do a reality check about their DTH service providers. While some subscribers complained about channels being missing, others were troubled by crashing websites. It is pretty evident that a lot of subscribers might also change their service provider in the same period. In case you are in a similar situation and wondering what each of the DTH providers is offering, here is our quick take.

Best DTH Provider After New Trai Mandate: Tata Sky, Airtel Digital TV, D2h or Sun Direct?

Best DTH Provider After New Trai Mandate: Tata Sky, Airtel Digital TV, D2h or Sun Direct?
Best DTH Provider After New Trai Mandate: Tata Sky, Airtel Digital TV, D2h or Sun Direct?
1. D2h raced ahead of other providers in the migration process, but its consumers are still facing a lot of issues
2. Sun Direct, Tata Sky and Dish TV did away with additional slab NCF charges to attract more customers.

Tata Sky

Tata Sky is easily one of the biggest DTH service provider in the country. After the Trai mandate though, the operator was slow to list the new channel packs and pricing. However, it is safe to say that Tata Sky has done a commendable job of introducing a smooth migration process for the subscribers. After the mandate, Tata Sky has launched tons of HD and SD packs for the subscribers in regional languages as well. There are also Mini-packs in the portfolio and combined with the straightforward app and website based migration process Tata Sky has managed to stay on top of the preference list of a lot of subscribers. The operator also remains ahead of other operators by boasting as many as 65 exclusive channels.


Notably, D2h was the first operator to respond after the Trai mandate came out back in October. The operator was also quick to start the migration process ahead of others and hoped for subscriber addition to its existing base in the interim. Later the operator introduced many combo plans and topped them up with add-on packs in SD and HD and many packs in regional languages as well. Recently, D2h has also put out information about additional connections as well, noting that subscribers can avail them by only paying Rs 50 as flat NCF.

However, D2h subscribers have faced and are still facing a lot of issues related to various channels. In fact, most of the consumers are still not able to reach the company’s toll-free number for clarifying their doubts.

Dish TV is also offering similar combo packs to the consumers since it’s the one who operates D2h.

Airtel Digital TV

Bharti Airtel’s DTH wing also boasts of an impressive subscriber base of more than 15 million in the country. The operator, after the Trai mandate, introduced many channel packs for its subscribers. To ease up the process in a better way, Airtel Digital TV also made it possible for the subscribers to select their new channels via the Set-Top Box only. The operator also launched lots of regional channel packs, but as of late Trai has put Airtel Digital TV in crosshair after some subscribers of Airtel Digital lodged their grievance about missing channels and black screens although the problem was quickly resolved soon after.

Sun Direct

Sun Direct is a prominent DTH provider in the south, and it is safe to say that although the provider does not boast of a widespread network in the North, it has established a solid stronghold in South India. Further, the move of completely doing away with additional slab NCF charges made Sun Direct an attractive choice for a lot of subscribers. Following in the lines of other DTH providers, Sun Direct has launched new channel packs, regional channel and add-on packs in HD, SD.


After weeks of noticing the happenings in the DTH industry, we have noted that in terms of the number of channels and number of channel packs, ease of migration and customer service Tata Sky is the DTH provider which has managed to satisfy the subscribers to a large extent. The provider had also launched a similar offer as Sun Direct by doing away with NCF on select channels. With that being said, it is also worth noting that as the days pass DTH providers are easing into the migration process, and the move to the new Trai plans along with the customer service can be expected to improve for all DTH companies in the coming weeks. Do let us know what you experienced with your DTH provider in the comments section below.

The new feature is available under WhatsApp Settings > Account > Privacy > Groups.
New reports suggest that WhatsApp is working on a group feature that will let users have control over who can add them to a new group. Currently, anyone and everyone can add you to a random WhatsApp group without your permission. The Group Invitation feature will be available for everyone in future for any iOS beta user that joined the TestFlight beta program in the next iOS update.
WhatsApp to Give You Option Before Being Added to Groups: Here is How to Use
WhatsApp to Give You Option Before Being Added to Groups: Here is How to Use
WhatsApp to Give You Option Before Being Added to Groups: Here is How to Use
The new feature is available under WhatsApp Settings > Account > Privacy > Groups. A user will have the option of limiting their privacy settings for Group invitation to three options: Everyone, My Contacts and Nobody. Users can select ‘Everyone’ if they wish to be added to groups by just anyone on WhatsApp. Similarly ‘My Contacts’ will allow only the user’s contacts to add them to groups. If a user chooses ‘Nobody’ then a request will be sent by the admin to join the WhatsApp group. This request has an expiry time of 72 hours.

Tata Sky, Sun Direct TV and Dish TV appear to have removed the extra Network Capacity Fee (NCF) on the base pack for subscribers, according to a report on TelecomTalk. Before you think this means that the entire NCF of Rs 130 has been removed, remember this only relates to the extra NCF that applies after a user has more than 100 channels in their prescribed pack.

Under TRAI’s new regulatory regime, the cable TV bill of users now has two components, the network capacity fee (NCF), which is Rs 130 for hundred channels and the cost of any paid channels or paid bouquets.

The first 100 channels attract NCF of Rs 130 + 18 per cent GST, which comes to Rs 153 in total. For users who choose more than 100 channels, the NCF is Rs 20 per slab 25 additional channels. So what has happened is that these three operators are offering more than 100 FTA (Free to Air) channels with the NCF limited to Rs 130+18 per cent GST.

Tata Sky, Sun Direct and Dish TV remove extra NCF: Here’s what it means for TV bills

Tata Sky, Sun Direct and Dish TV remove extra NCF: Here’s what it means for TV bills
Tata Sky, Sun Direct and Dish TV remove extra NCF: Here’s what it means for TV bills

Sun Direct NCF removed: What it means

First in the case of Sun Direct, the company has revoked NCF charges for all of its channels, says the report. Based the company’s website, it is offering a total of 140 channels in the back pack of Rs 130+18 per cent GST. The base pack also includes the 25DD channels, which are mandatory for all cable/DTH operators to provide.

According to the report, Sun Direct has removed NCF on all FTA (free to air) channels. This means that users can view as many FTA channels for just Rs 130 price band.  Sun Direct subscribers will be able to watch as much as 330 channels the base rental of Rs 130+taxes, says the report.

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Tata Sky NCF removed: What it means

The report also notes that in case of Tata Sky, the player has removed NCF on some channels, but these are limited. So users can add some channels to their list of 100 FTA channels, without incurring extra NCF. However, not all FTA channels will be exempt from this extra NCF.

Tata Sky had also announced add-on packs for users starting at Rs 5 per month, which offer some regional channels. The price of some of these packs also shows as Rs 0 per month, which means these are free channels that can be added as a pack, making it easier to users to add regional channels to their base packs.

Dish TV NCF removed: What it means

Dish TV’s website has also removed the NCF on some FTA channels. The website for Dish TV is also flashing this promotional offer saying there will be no NCF on FTA channels if a user has chosen any paid channels.

As we saw in our Dish TV account, around 189 FTA channels can be added to the cart without paying any additional NCF. This is for the base pack price of Rs 130 (exclusive of tax). The cost of paid SD and HD channels will still be extra.

What is the NCF under TRAI’s new cable TV rules

The network capacity fee in TRAI’s new regulatory regime for cable TV and DTH operators is fixed at Rs 130 for the first hundred channels. This can include a mix of free or paid channels or even channels under broadcaster bouquet.

While the price of paid channels will be added to your bill, the NCF which is paid to your cable/DTH company will remain at Rs 130 plus 18 per cent GST. For those who add more than 100 channels, the NCF is extra Rs 20 per slab of Rs 25 channels.

For example, if you add 150 channels, then the total bill will be Rs 130+20+20=Rs 170 for the NCF alone, plus 18 per cent GST, which brings the price to Rs 200. This is assuming you have all FTA channels in this list of 150. What Tata Sky, Dish TV and Sun TV have done is that under the NCF of Rs 130 they are offering more than the 100 free channels and waiving off the extra NCF that they would have normally charged.

WhatsApp is working on a new feature that will make it much easier for the users to control if they want to be added to a group. The feature is more like an invitation control mechanism that will let users decide who can add them to a WhatsApp group. The feature is currently under closed beta testing phase on iPhone, as part of the Test Flight program, and will soon be expanded to more users with the next beta update for WhatsApp on iPhone.

WhatsApp May Soon Let Users Decide Who Can Add Them to Groups

WhatsApp May Soon Let Users Decide Who Can Add Them to Groups
WhatsApp May Soon Let Users Decide Who Can Add Them to Groups
1. The feature is currently under testing on WhatsApp for iPhone
2. It will soon be expanded to the app's Android version too
3. The revamped WhatsApp settings layout is now widely available

The WhatsApp group invitation feature is limited to the app's iPhone version as of now and was spotted by WABetaInfo. The feature will soon hit the app's Android version as well. However, the group invitation control functionality is currently in an inactive state because it is reportedly still under the early stages of development. As for the feature itself, it will be located in the “Privacy” section, which can be accessed by following this path on WhatsApp's iPhone client: Settings > Account > Privacy > Groups.

The Groups option allows users to choose between three variables and will come into play when a WhatsApp group admin wants to add them to a group. The first option –“Everyone” – will let anyone add the user to a group, without the need for an invite. The second option – “My Contacts” – will only allow an admin, who is in the users' contact list, to add the user to his/ her group. Others will have to send the user an invitation, which the user can then choose to accept or decline.

Lastly, the “Nobody” option will block everyone from adding users to a WhatsApp group. Enabling this option means all admins have to send a group invitation in order to add users to a WhatsApp group. However, the users will have to take action regarding a group invite within 72 hours of receiving before it expires. Once the invite expires, the users can only join a group when the admin sends them another invitation. However, the users will be able to join a WhatsApp group via a group link invite irrespective of their group invitation settings.

Instant messaging platform WhatsApp is testing a new feature that users who hate being added to random WhatsApp Groups.

Spotted by WABetaInfo, the website that keeps track of the upcoming WhatsApp features, said that the messaging app is adding new improvements to its Groups feature and may roll them soon on both iOS and Android operating systems.

This new feature may make WhatsApp Groups less annoying

This new feature may make WhatsApp Groups less annoying
This new feature may make WhatsApp Groups less annoying
As per the screenshots shared by WABetaInfo, the feature will come in the Settings menu of the app. Under this head to Account > Privacy> Groups.

Once there, users will find 'who can add me to groups' with three options -- Everyone, My Contacts and Nobody -- similar to what you see in Last Seen, Profile Photo, About and Status.

If you have selected 'My contacts' then you will get a request when someone tries to add you to a Group. Same will be the case if you choose ‘Nobody’ as option. These invitations expire after 72 hours. However, if you have selected 'My contacts' and the person who is trying to add you is there in your phonebook, then you will be added directly -- same as now -- without any request.

As per the report, once you get an invite, a new chat will be created with two options -- Accept and Decline. However, there is no screenshot to show that. Interestingly, you will get only one 72-hour valid invite at a time as the report says, "you won’t be able to receive two invitations from the same group at the same time." There will reportedly be a Group link -- that will be created once the group is made -- which can be used to join a group irrespective of the privacy option selected by the user.

Facebook-owned WhatsApp recently banned Telugu Desam Party’s (TDP) Rajya Sabha MP CM Ramesh from its platform. While the politician has claimed that he hasn’t violated any of WhatsApp’s terms of usage that may have got him banned, WhatsApp is yet to respond as to why his account was banned.

Rumours and hate messages on WhatsApp have cost lives in India. And the company has made significant changes to make WhatsApp a safe place for citizens and ban abusers of the platform. If WhatsApp can ban a Rajya Sabha MP from using the platform then it can also ban any user across India if they find you abusing it. So, here is all you need to know that may get you banned on WhatsApp.

WhatsApp bans Rajya Sabha MP, 13 reasons why WhatsApp may ban you too

WhatsApp bans Rajya Sabha MP, 13 reasons why WhatsApp may ban you too
WhatsApp bans Rajya Sabha MP, 13 reasons why WhatsApp may ban you too
  • ​Creating a fake WhatsApp account of someone may get you banned
  • Your account can be banned even if no other user has reported against it, but if it violates WhatsApp’s terms and conditions.
  • Sending illegal, obscene, defamatory or threatening messages on WhatsApp will get you banned
  • Messages promoting violent crimes too can get you banned on WhatsApp
  • Sending too many messages to users who are not on your contact list may get you banned on WhatsApp.
  • If you try to alter or modify the core app code of WhatsApp
  • Using WhatsApp to send viruses or malware to other users may get you banned
  • Trying to hack WhatsApp servers or to spying on someone will certainly get you banned
  • If you get blocked by several users on WhatsApp
  • If WhatsApp receives a lot of user reports against you.
  • Using malicious third-party apps like WhatsApp Plus
  • WhatsApp recently said that it has banned 5 million-plus accounts globally in the past three months
  • Over 75% WhatsApp accounts are banned without a recent user report or complaint

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