WhatsApp blocks 2 million Indian users over spam message abuses

WhatsApp has blocked 2 million Indian users over spam message abuses!

The Facebook-owned firm has put a limit on mass-forward messaging in a bid to counter misinformation.

More than two million users in India in just one month for violating its rules.

The development comes after India implemented new rules in May to regulate social media companies, forcing them to disclose each month their efforts to police their platforms.

“We maintain advanced capabilities to identify these accounts sending a high or abnormal rate of messages and banned two million accounts in India alone from May 15 to June 15 attempting this kind of abuse,” WhatsApp said in its report released on Thursday.

The company said its “top focus” remains on preventing the spread of harmful and unwanted messages.

The United States-based company has more than 400 million users in India, one of its top markets, but has often landed facing criticism over the spread of misinformation.

As being reported, dozens of people were lynched in India in 2018 following rumours spread on WhatsApp about gangs stealing children.

The incidents led the messaging app to introduce a limit on bulk forward messaging in India.



Saman Siddiqui

Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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