Whatsapp blocked nearly 2 million people users account in may for violating its rules US company disclosed this issue; in its first compliance reports under social media rules which is very controversial in India
Most of the users who was banned because of spam abuses.
The Facebook owned firm has put a limit on the mass forwarding I a big to counter tge issue of misinformation.
The new rules were implemented by India in May to regulate the social media companies; forcing them to disclose their efforts to police or monitor their platform every month.
Whatsapp report released late Tuesday states “We maintain advanced capabilities to identify these accounts; sending a high or abnormal rate of messages and banned two million accounts in India alone; from May 15 to June 15 attempting this kind of abuse,”
The main focus of the company behind this was to prevent the spread of unwanted, harmful messages in the media.
Even thought whatsapp has more that 400 million users in India; one of its top markets but have often faced criticism due to the spread of misinformation.
There were dozens of people lynching in India in 2018 following the rumors spread on whatsapp about gangs kidnapping children.
This was the main incident which prompted the app in india to limit the bulk forward messaging.
Many Indian media firms including whatsapp have come forward to challenges the new social media rules in court.
According to the critics the government is trying to crush dissent; also the govt says that it is trying to make social media safer than before.
The rules states that the social media platforms have to share details of the ” first originator ” of posts deemed to undermine India’s sovereignty, state security or public order.
But according to whatsapp the rules violates Indians privacy laws.
The guidelines – announced in February and became effective in May; seek to regulate content on social media as well as streaming platforms; also have raised serious concerns about free speech and user privacy.
Critics say they give the government and law enforcement agencies powers; to take down a wide range of content on the internet. But the government claims the rules meant to prevent abuse and misinformation.
The company has challenged the traceability clause of the social media as well as intermediary guidelines; which also mandate it to publish a monthly grievance compliance report. This is the first such report WhatsApp has published for India. WhatsApp is now the fourth company after Google, Facebook as well as Twitter; to publish the report and appoint officers in keeping with the new guidelines.
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There rules and regulations made on social media are mostly for the safest of Indians and there is so much in misinformation goin on in the huge messages sent for alarming reasons.