April 18, 2024
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WhatsApp Bans 36.77 Lakh Accounts In India December Last Year

The instant messaging service WhatsApp reported on Wednesday that it had suspended 36.77 lakh accounts in India in November, which was a little decrease from the number of accounts it had suspended in October. 13.89 lakh of the blocked WhatsApp accounts in India were blocked proactively before being reported by users.

37.16 lakh accounts in the nation were blocked by WhatsApp in December, including 9.9 lakh accounts that were proactively blocked.

“Between 1 December 2022 and 31 December 2022, 3,677,000 WhatsApp accounts were banned. 1,389,000 of these accounts were proactively banned, before any reports from users,” WhatsApp said in its India Monthly Report for December published under the Information Technology Rules 2021.

Large digital platforms (with more than 50 lakh users) are required by the stricter IT regulations, which went into effect last year, to produce compliance reports each month that include information about complaints received and actions taken.

Large social media companies have faced criticism in the past for the fake news, hate speech, and disinformation that circulated on their platforms. Concerns about digital platforms acting arbitrarily in removing information and “de-platforming” people have often been raised by some sectors.

Three grievance appeal panels were announced by the government last week, and starting on March 1 they will review user complaints against the major social media sites.

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