WhatsApp reportedly blocked 74.52 lakh Indian accounts in April 2023. The messaging app is required by the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, to publish its India monthly report on the first of each month, which includes the revelations.
WhatsApp spokesperson quoted, “This user-safety report contains details of the user complaints received and the corresponding action taken by WhatsApp, as well as WhatsApp’s own preventive actions to combat abuse on our platform. As captured in the latest Monthly Report, WhatsApp banned over 7.4 million accounts in the month of April and over 2.4 million of these accounts were proactively banned, before any reports from users.”
According to Meta, the abuse detection function runs during three distinct phases of an account's life: at registration, during messaging, and in response to negative feedback, which is received in the form of user reports and blocks. A team of analysts augments the systems to assess edge cases and assist Whatsapp effectiveness.
On 1 June 2023, WhatsApp revealed its brand-new worldwide security centre, which the company claims serves as a one-stop location for users to get additional information about how to safeguard themselves from spammers and unwanted contact.
English and ten Indian languages, including Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam, will be supported on the new page. Among the security precautions underlined is two-step verification, identifying typical frauds, avoiding phoney WhatsApp versions, and group administration.
According to a statement from the app, this month WhatsApp launched a comprehensive safety campaign in India dubbed "Stay Safe with WhatsApp" that emphasised product features that allow users to control their online safety and ensure a safer messaging experience.
Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Meta, just revealed a new WhatsApp feature dubbed "Chat Lock" to further protect customers' most private interactions. Users can use this feature to password-protect their most personal conversations and save them in a separate folder.
Zuckerberg's announcement stated, "We're excited to bring to you a new feature we're calling Chat Lock, which lets you protect your most intimate conversations behind one more layer of security."
WhatsApp prioritises user safety for a better messaging experience with increased security features and a global security hub.
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