26.7.2021 | WhatsApp banned over 2 million accounts in India between May and June
WhatsApp has said it blocked over 2 million accounts in India within May and June for violating rules. It said 95% of these users were blocked for violating the limits of the number of times messages can be forwarded in India – according to BBC news.
The company reportedly said, between 15th of May and 15th of June alone it has banned 2 million accounts in India due to sending a “high and abnormal rate of messages”. This Facebook owned app has been used widely in India, totaling 400 million active users and has been the center of the spread of misinformation and fake news in India.
Such fake news and hoaxes are forwarded to tens of thousands of users within hours and it’s practically impossible to counter them. Messages and videos circulating in bulk have in the past incited mob violence in India which even leads to deaths. WhatsApp said, in addition to responding to user complaints, they have also deployed its own tools to prevent abuse on the platform.