Meta-owned messenger app WhatsApp continues to take action against wrongdoers in India and submits its compliance report every month. WhatsApp has now released its December report, according to which the company has confirmed the ban of more than two million Indian accounts.
In November, the company banned 1.7 million Indian accounts. These reports are issued in accordance with the Information Technology (Intermediate Guidelines and Digital Media Code of Conduct) Rules, 2021 of India. The messaging platform says that these reports contain information about the action taken by WhatsApp in response to complaints received from users in India.
This process has been initiated to prevent violation of the laws of India or the WhatsApp Terms of Service. The latest report covers the period from December 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021. During this month, WhatsApp received a total of 528 complaint reports. WhatsApp confirmed that it has banned a total of 20,79,000 accounts in India. WhatsApp identifies an account as Indian through the +91 phone number.
The spokesperson further explained that although WhatsApp itself is able to delete such accounts because it has end-to-end encrypted messaging services. We are constantly working on this with the help of Artificial Intelligence, technology of every state, data scientists and experts so that users feel safe on the platform. Detecting WhatsApp’s misuse works in three steps under the account – upon registration, during messaging and in response to negative reactions. Depending on the platform, user reports and reactions can be found in the form of blocks.