WhatsApp just blocked 2 million accounts for breaking tough new rules – don’t be next

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WhatsApp has gone on a blocking spree, purging millions of its billion users for breaking a little-known rule on the app intended to stop the spread of hoaxes.

accounts have been blocked from WhatsApp in just month for violating the rule. The said it had targeted users were found to be sending a “high and abnormal rate of messages”.
What counts as too many messages? Luckily, you’d have to work pretty hard to fall foul of the rules. The said 95% of the bans were “due to the unauthorized use of automated or bulk messaging”, not regular texting.
Almost all the banned accounts are in India, WhatsApp’s biggest with 400 users. Bans were triggered when users forwarded messages too many times, blasting past the app’s strict new limit on how many times a message can be forwarded to people or groups.

The limit, which was announced in April 2020, is in place to combat spam and the spread of viral rumours, photos and hoaxes. This is a huge problem in India, where many people rely on the app for news.

Messages containing “” have been blamed for outbreaks of and lynchings across the country.

The app has mass-banned users before. WhatsApp said it uses AI technology to block around eight accounts around the world, every month.

It uses like profile and group photos and descriptions as well as “behavioural signals” from accounts to decide whom to ban.

Reports submitted by users were also used to help catch the rogue accounts.

WhatsApp said in a statement: “We are particularly focused on prevention because we believe it is much better to stop harmful activity from happening in the first place than to detect it after harm has occurred. The detection operates at three stages of an account’s lifestyle: at registration; during messaging; and in to negative feedback, which we receive in the form of user reports and blocks.

Earlier this year, WhatsApp sued the to try and stop a new law that would have forced the app to hand over on users accused of criminal activity. The said this violated users’ right to privacy, adding: “Requiring messaging apps to ‘trace’ chats is the equivalent of asking to keep a fingerprint of every single message sent on WhatsApp, which would break end-to-end encryption and fundamentally undermines people’s right to privacy.” The lawsuit is still underway.