February 2, 2023


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WhatsApp bans 2.4 million Indian accounts in July – month-to-month report

BENGALURU (Reuters) – WhatsApp banned 2.39 million Indian accounts in July, the best to date this yr, the Meta-owned in style immediate messaging app stated late on Thursday in its month-to-month report.

The Asian nation’s stricter IT legal guidelines have made it essential for giant digital platforms to publish compliance stories each month.

Draft guidelines circulated in June proposed establishing a panel to listen to consumer appeals, and stated that important social media messaging platforms shall permit identification of the primary originator of data if directed by courts to take action.

Of the accounts barred, 1.42 million have been “proactively banned,” earlier than any stories from customers.

A number of accounts have been banned primarily based on complaints acquired by means of the corporate’s grievances channel and the instruments and sources it makes use of to detect such offenses, the social media platform stated. In July, WhatsApp acquired a complete of 574 grievance stories.

The messsaging platform, which has been criticised earlier for spreading pretend information and hate speech within the nation, in addition to elsewhere on the planet, had taken down 2.21 million accounts in India in June.


(Reporting by Navamya Ganesh Acharya and Nivedita Bhattacharjee in Bengaluru;Modifying by Dhanya Ann Thoppil)


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