WhatsApp Bans Over 45 Lakh Indian Accounts In February

WhatsApp, the Meta-owned prompt messaging platform, banned over 45 lakh accounts in India final month. This quantity is significantly greater than the variety of accounts that have been barred within the earlier month, in line with the messaging platform’s month-to-month report in India.

WhatsApp banned 29 lakh accounts in January, 36 lakh accounts in December 2022, and 37 lakh accounts within the month earlier than.

WhatsApp’s consumer security report supplies details about the complaints obtained from customers and the actions taken by it, in addition to the platform’s personal measures to forestall abuse.

“As mirrored within the newest month-to-month report, WhatsApp banned greater than 4.5 million accounts in February,” a spokesperson for WhatsApp stated.

In accordance with the report launched on Saturday, “Between February 1, 2023, and February 28, 2023, 4,597,400 WhatsApp accounts have been banned. 1,298,000 (1.2 million) of those accounts have been proactively banned, earlier than any experiences from customers.”

The report additionally revealed that as many as 2,804 grievance experiences have been obtained, and 504 accounts have been “actioned” in February.

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Of the entire experiences obtained, 2,548 have been associated to ‘ban appeals,’ whereas others have been in classes resembling account assist, product assist, and security.

“We reply to all grievances obtained besides in instances the place a grievance is deemed to be a reproduction of a earlier ticket. An account is ‘actioned’ when an account is banned or a beforehand banned account is restored, because of a criticism,” the report stated.

Giant digital platforms (with over 50 lakh customers) are required by IT guidelines to publish compliance experiences each month, which embrace particulars of complaints obtained and actions taken.

Prior to now, large social media companies have come underneath criticism over hate speech, misinformation, and pretend information on their platforms.

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Considerations have been raised by some about digital platforms appearing arbitrarily in eradicating content material and ‘de-platforming’ customers.

The federal government has launched the Grievance Appellate Committee (GAC) mechanism, which permits customers to enchantment towards choices made by social media platforms by submitting complaints on a brand new portal.

The GAC is, in impact, a web based dispute decision mechanism, and customers who’re aggrieved by a choice of the Grievance Officer of an middleman, resembling Meta or Twitter, can file their enchantment or criticism by means of the brand new portal at gac.gov.in

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