The US-based company announces while delivering its first compliance report under India’s controversial new rules for social media.
WhatsApp has blocked more than two million users in India in just one month for breaking the rules, the US-based company has revealed in its first compliance report under India’s controversial new rules for social media.
Most of the users were blocked for what the company called spam abuse.
The Facebook-owned company has set a limit for mass transmission of messages in an attempt to counteract misinformation.
India implemented new rules in May to regulate social media companies, forcing them to publish their efforts to politicize their platforms every month.
“We maintain advanced capabilities to identify those accounts that send a high or abnormal frequency of messages and banned two million accounts in India alone from May 1
The company said that “the biggest focus” is still on preventing the spread of harmful and unwanted messages.
WhatsApp has more than 400 million users in India, one of the largest markets, but has often experienced criticism over the spread of misinformation.
Dozens of people were lynched in India in 2018 after rumors spread on WhatsApp about gangs stealing children.
The events caused the messaging app to impose a limit on mass transmission in India.
WhatsApp and some Indian media companies have tried to challenge the new rules for social media in court.
Critics say the government is seeking to break the dispute, but the government says it is trying to make social media safer.
According to the rules, social media platforms must share details about the “first originator” of posts that are considered to undermine India’s sovereignty, state security or public order.
WhatsApp says the rules violate India’s privacy laws.