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WhatsApp Banned 20.7 Lakh Accounts in India in August 2021 to Comply with New IT Rules

Delhi, October 1: Facebook-owned WhatsApp on Friday said it banned 207 lakh accounts in in the month of August in accordance with the IT Rules 2021 In its second monthly report for the 30-day period of August 1-August 31, under the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, WhatsApp received 420 grievances from users in received via e-mails and mails sent to the India Grievance Officer via post. The platform acted upon 41 of those grievances.

“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,” said a WhatsApp spokesperson.

In the period from June 16-July 31, WhatsApp had banned 302 lakh accounts in in compliance with the IT rules. In its first monthly grievance redressal report, WhatsApp had banned 20 lakh accounts in that attempted to send harmful or unwanted messages at scale. WhatsApp Payments Adds Indian Rupee Symbol in Chat Composer.

“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,” the company had said.

“Majority of users who reach out to us are either aiming to have their account restored following an action to ban them or reaching out for product or account support,” it added.

(The above story first appeared on Morning Tidings on Oct 01, 2021 11:29 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website morningtidings.com).

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