Published at: 2 Oct, 2023, 19:17 [IST]
WhatsApp recently revealed that it has implemented strict measures against over 7.4 million accounts in India throughout the month of August. This crackdown was initiated to counteract misuse of the platform and ensure compliance with the IT Rules of 2021.
The social media giant, which is owned by Meta, disclosed that it took action against a staggering 7,420,748 WhatsApp accounts between August 1 and August 31. Remarkably, approximately 3,506,905 of these accounts were proactively banned even before any user reports were received, as reported in WhatsApp’s monthly compliance report.
With a user base exceeding 500 million in India, WhatsApp received 14,767 complaints during the same month, and it took action on 71 of these reported cases. When WhatsApp mentions “Accounts Actioned,” it implies that the platform has responded to the reports by either banning an account or reinstating a previously banned account, as appropriate.
In addition to its proactive measures, WhatsApp also disclosed its cooperation with the Grievance Appellate Committee (GAC) in India. This committee addresses concerns related to content and other issues, and WhatsApp complied with a specific order from the GAC during August.
Furthermore, WhatsApp is actively working on enhancing its Channels feature for WhatsApp beta on both iOS and Android platforms. This development follows the recent introduction of a search feature to facilitate quick access to status updates and channels.
Users who are part of the beta testing can acquire the new feature by downloading WhatsApp beta for Android version 220.127.116.11 or WhatsApp beta for iOS version 18.104.22.168. This feature will provide users with the capability to copy channel update links, allowing for immediate access to the associated message content and maintaining context within the update.