A compliance report revealed as per PTI, messaging platform WhatsApp banned more than 2.2 million Indian accounts in September. WhatsApp also received 560 grievance reports in the same month, the report further added.
In accordance with India IT Rules 2021, WhatsApp has published its fourth monthly report for September 1-30, total of 22,09,000 Indian accounts, identified via a +91 phone number, had been banned in September.
WhatsApp spokesperson said, reported PTI. “WhatsApp is an industry leader in preventing abuse, among end-to-end encrypted messaging services. Over the years, we have consistently invested in Artificial Intelligence and another state of the art technology, data scientists and experts, and in processes, in order to keep our users safe on our platform,”.
Previously, WhatsApp had emphasized that being an end-to-end encrypted platform, it has no visibility into the content of any messages. Besides behavioral signals from accounts, it relies on available unencrypted information — user reports, profile photos, group photos, and descriptions as well as advanced AI tools and resources — to detect and prevent abuse on its platform, it had said.
The Facebook-owned company had stated that more than 95% of the ban was due to the unauthorized use of automated or bulk messaging (spam). The global average number of accounts that WhatsApp bans to prevent abuse on its platform is about 8 million accounts per month.
Source: The quint, The Economic Times