• WhatsApp bans over 3 million Indian accounts, cites violation of terms and services: Report

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    WhatsApp bans over 3 million Indian accounts, cites violation of terms and services: Report

    New Delhi: Facebook-owned messaging service Whatsapp has announced that it has banned over 3 million Indian accounts in the 46 day period from June 16 to July 31.

    The company got 137 reports for account support, of which one was actioned, and 316 requests to ban accounts, the messaging giant said in its second compliance report under the new Information Technology Rules, 2021.

    "Indian accounts actioned through our prevention and detection methods, for violating the laws of India or WhatsApp`s Terms of Service and user-reports or grievances received, through 2 channels e-mail grievance_officer_wa@support.whatsapp.com regarding violations of WhatsApp`s terms of service, or questions about accounts on WhatsApp, published in the help center or, mails received by the India Grievance Officer via post," the company said in a statement.

    As per the company, more than 95 percent of the bans in India are due to the unauthorized use of automated or bulk messaging, resulting in spam. Globally, the monthly average of accounts banned on the platform is about 8 million.