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WhatsApp banned 1.85 million users account in India

WhatsApp banned another 1.85 million accounts in March after removing roughly 1.4 million in February.

In March 2022, WhatsApp terminated over 1.85 million accounts in response to complaints from Indian users. The messaging platform just issued its country's monthly User Safety report, which details the actions taken against users in response to complaints.

The number of banned accounts in March was greater than the prior month. Around 1.4 million accounts were banned from the network in February. These accounts have been suspended due to their failure to follow WhatsApp's code of conduct while using the messaging service.

Accounts can be banned for a variety of reasons, including illegal and/or violence-inducing behaviours on the network.

The bans are the consequence of persons filing grievances under Rule 4(1)(d) of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, according to the article.


"Abuse detection occurs at three points in an account's life cycle: upon registration, during messaging, and in reaction to negative input, such as user complaints and bans. These technologies are supplemented by a team of analysts that assess edge situations and assist enhance efficacy over time. "In this white paper, we've revealed our on-platform capabilities to detect and prohibit accounts," WhatsApp claimed in its statement.

The report covers the period from March 1, 2022, to March 31, 2022, when customers submitted a total of 597 grievances, 112 of which were linked to WhatsApp account support, 407 ban appeals, and 37 product support reports.

Thirteen of the remaining complaints were about safety, while the other 28 were on other topics. According to the report, just 74 requests were auctioned, all of which were in the ban appeal category.