WhatsApp is blocked2The company stated that it had logged into millions of Indian accounts in one month to stop harmful behavior. This was according to its first compliance report under strict new information technology laws.
The new rules, which were implemented in May, require social media companies to publish a monthly compliance report detailing the number of complaints received from Indian users, and the actions are taken. Locally-based executives are also required by international technology companies to help manage content and respond quickly to legal complaints.
FacebookFacebook)-owned messenger app claimed that 95% of 2 million accounts were blocked between May 15th and June 15. This was due to “unauthorized use of automated bulk messaging.”
The company released a statement on Thursday saying that “these numbers have increased significantly from 2019 because our systems are more sophisticated.” “Remember, we ban the vast majority of these accounts proactively without relying upon any user reports.”
After viral hoaxes were linked to a spate of mob violence, the service started limiting the ability of users around the world to send messages. According to a statement, the company blocks an average of 8 million accounts per month worldwide.
It has more than 400 million users in India, its largest market, and over 2 billion worldwide.
WhatsApp has sued India over one requirement. While WhatsApp is following some of the new rules. Indian authorities demand that companies trace the “first originator of messages” if they are asked. Although the government stated that such requests would only be made in connection to serious crimes, WhatsApp fears that this would end-user privacy and force it to track every message.
A spokesperson for WhatsApp stated that “requiring messaging apps in order to trace” chats was the equivalent to asking them to keep a record of all messages sent to the platform. This would violate end-to-end encryption, and fundamentally undermine people’s privacy rights.”