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WhatsApp Banned 2.07 Million Indian Accounts in August to Prevent Harmful Behaviour

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  • WhatsApp banned 20 lakh 70 thousand Indian accounts in August!
  • WhatsApp says that it received a total of 421 grievance reports.
  • Out of 421, 222 reports were account ban appeals.

The new IT rules require large digital platforms -with over five million users to publish compliance reports every month. The company has published its third edition of the India Monthly Report under Information Technology rules. The Facebook-owned messaging app revealed that it banned over 20 lakh accounts in August.

WhatsApp detecting abuse using its own automated tools operates in three phases of an account’s lifestyle: during registration, during messaging, and in response to negative feedback, which it uses to respond to user reports and blocks. Your account can be seized if you attempt to quickly create dozens of groups or add thousands of users to a series of existing groups under five minutes of registration.

WhatsApp says that it banned a total of 20 lakh 70 thousand Indian accounts during the stated period. Of this, restrictions on user complaints and action through India Grievance Officer posts were only 222, and the rest were traced through WhatsApp’s own tools and resources to curb harmful behavior on the platform.

The Company Officials Said:

“We are particularly focusing on prevention because we believe it is much better to stop harmful activity from happening in the first place than to detect it after harm has occurred. The abuse detection operates at three stages of an account’s lifestyle: at registration; during messaging; and in response to negative feedback, which we receive in the form of user reports and blocks.”

“We consistently invest in technology, people, and processes to keep our users safe and secure… Our top focus is preventing accounts from sending harmful or unwanted messages at scale. We maintain advanced capabilities to identify these accounts sending a high or abnormal rate of messages and banned 2 million accounts in India”.

If you receive messages from someone without showing the typing indicator, it is better to block that contact from your end as it could be a spammer. To report any complaints to WhatsApp, users can e-mail wa@support.whatsapp.com or report and block suspicious accounts using the buttons available in the app.

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