In April 2023, Meta-owned WhatsApp would ban over 74 lakh accounts in India.
The information was provided as part of their monthly report, which was disclosed in compliance with the IT Rules 2021.
The report covers the period from April 1 to April 30, 2023, and it contains the actions done by WhatsApp in response to grievances received from Indian customers, accounts suspended for breaking laws or terms of service, and orders issued by the Grievance Appellate Committee (GAC).
“In accordance with the IT Rules 2021, we’ve published our report for the month of April 2023. 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,” WhatsApp’s spokesperson said.
Meanwhile, Meta founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently introduced a new WhatsApp feature called ‘Chat Lock’ to help users keep their most private communications even more private.
This feature allows you to password-protect your most private discussions and store them in a different folder. When you lock a conversation and someone messages you, the sender’s name and the content of the message are also hidden.