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WhatsApp blocked over 22 lakh bad accounts in India

Meta-owned WhatsApp banned more than 22 lakh bad accounts in India in June as per the new IT rules 2021, the company said on Tuesday. In May, the platform banned more than 19 lakh bad accounts in the country. The messaging platform also received 632 complaint reports in June across the country, with 64 “action taken” accounts. In May, WhatsApp received 528 complaint reports and 24 “action taken” accounts.

“WhatsApp is the industry leader in abuse prevention among messaging services with end-to-end encryption. Over the years, we have continuously invested in artificial intelligence and other state-of-the-art technologies, data scientists and experts, and processes to ensure the safety of our users on our platform,” the company’s spokesperson said in a statement.

The report, issued under Rule 4(1)(d) of the Information Technology (Interim Guidelines and Digital Media Code of Ethics) Rules, 2021, contained information on the actions taken by WhatsApp in response to complaints received from users in India.

Complaints were made through complaint mechanisms and accounts were reviewed using methods to prevent and detect violations of country laws or terms of service.

“Accounts Involved” means reports where WhatsApp has taken remedial action based on the report. Under the new IT rules of 2021, large digital and social media platforms with more than 5 million users must publish monthly compliance reports. Virginia News Time

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