Thursday, 20 January 2022

More than 20 Lakh WhatsApp Accounts Banned in India

More than 20 Lakh WhatsApp Accounts Banned in India

WhatsApp recently announced that it had banned over 20 lakh accounts in India from using its services in October 2021. It had earlier banned over 30.27 lac Indian accounts for violating its terms.

As mandated by New IT rules in India-Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code of Rules, 2021- WhatsApp publishes monthly reports on its response to outrage from WhatsApp users in India.

After WhatsApp became a powerful platform for spreading misinformation and fake news in India, leading to several law and order incidents, including riots, it has taken several steps to prevent its misuse. These include promoting users to report issues, alerting people about possible wrong and fake news, and forwarding spam messages.

WhatsApp messages are end-to-end encrypted, and it doesn't mean users can get away with anything on WhatsApp as it keeps track of several metadata. On its official website, WhatsApp clearly says that it will ban accounts if they find any user breaching its "Terms of Service."

As per WhatsApp's "Terms," doing these eight things may trigger the platform to ban your account. Also, WhatsApp may even provide users' metadata to the police for legal action, including arrests for certain offenses.

1. WhatsApp will ban you if you imitate someone and create a fake account of another person

WhatsApp has clear guidelines against impersonation. It states that WhatsApp accounts will be banned if it's found that you have created an account for someone else and "impersonated someone."

2. If someone is not on your contact list and if you send too many messages to that person, then WhatsApp may ban you

WhatsApp will ban the account if you misuse the platform and spam people, not in your contact list. WhatsApp will take action if you "involve sending illegal or impermissible communications such as bulk messaging, auto-messaging, auto-dialing, and the like."

3. WhatsApp may ban you if you use third-party apps like WhatsApp Delta, GBWhatsApp, WhatsApp Plus, etc

Always use the official WhatsApp app to communicate. Using third-party apps like WhatsApp Delta, GBWhatsApp, WhatsApp Plus, etc., may get you banned from WhatsApp forever. WhatsApp doesn't allow users to share such apps due to privacy concerns.

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4. If you get blocked by too many users, then WhatsApp may ban you

If many users block you on WhatsApp, then WhatsApp may ban you, irrespective of whether these people are on your contact list or not. WhatsApp may consider your account a source of spam messages or fake news if too many users block you.

5. If too many people report against your WhatsApp account, then WhatsApp may ban you

If there are a lot of complaints against your WhatsApp account and too many users report against the account, then the same may get banned by WhatsApp.

6. WhatsApp will ban you if you send malware or phishing links to users

If you send malware in the form of APK files on Android phones or forward dangerous phishing links to users, WhatsApp may intervene and ban your account.

7. Don't send porn clips, threats, or defamatory messages on WhatsApp

WhatsApp clearly states that users will get banned for sending "illegal, obscene, defamatory, threatening, intimidating, harassing, hateful messages." Also, sending porn clips on WhatsApp is not allowed.

8. Don't send fake messages or videos that promote violence on WhatsApp

WhatsApp clearly warns people to stay away from using its platform to harass people or spread hate messages "such as promoting violent crimes, endangering or exploiting children or others, or coordinating harm."