WhatsApp banned 67 lakh bad accounts in India

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Anjali Sharma

GG News Bureau
NEW YORK, 4th March. 
Meta-owned WhatsApp on Sunday announced that it has banned over 67 lakh bad accounts in India in the month of January, in compliance with the new IT Rules 2021

The company banned “6,728,000 accounts” between January 1 and 31.

WhatsApp said in its monthly compliance report that over 1,358,000 of these accounts were proactively banned, before any reports from users.

WhatsApp has over 500 million users in India and received record 14,828 complaint reports in January in the country, and the records “actioned” were 10.

“Accounts Actioned” denotes reports where WhatsApp took remedial action based on the report and taking action denotes either banning an account or a previously banned account being restored as a result.

According to Meta, “This user-safety report contains details of the user complaints received and the corresponding action taken by WhatsApp, as well as WhatsApp’s own preventive actions to combat abuse on our platform.”

The Central government of India has launched the Grievance Appellate Committee which looks into their concerns regarding content and other issues in a bid to empower millions of Indian social media users.

The newly-formed panel, a move to strengthen the country’s digital laws to tame the Big Tech companies, will look into appeals by users against decisions of social media platforms.

WhatsApp said in a statement that “We are an industry leader among end-to-end encrypted messaging services in preventing and combating abuse. In addition to our safety features and controls, we employ a team of engineers, data scientists, analysts, researchers, and experts in law enforcement, online safety, and technology developments to oversee these efforts.”

It banned over 69 lakh bad accounts in India in December last year.

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