WhatsApp bans 2.4 million Indian accounts in July


New Delhi: The popular messaging app, WhatsApp, banned 2.39 million Indian accounts in July, the highest so far this year, the Meta-owned app said on Thursday in its monthly report.

Due to the tighter IT regulations in the Asian country, major internet platforms are now required to publish compliance reports on a monthly basis.

Draft regulations that were made public in June suggested creating a panel to hear user appeals and stated that major social media messaging platforms should permit the identification of the first author of information if ordered to do so by courts.

Of the accounts barred, 1.42 million were “proactively banned,” before any reports from users.

Several accounts were banned based on complaints received through the company’s grievances channel and the tools and resources it uses to detect such offences, the social media platform said. In July, WhatsApp received a total of 574 grievance reports.

The messaging platform, which has been criticised earlier for spreading fake news and hate speech in the country, as well as elsewhere in the world, had taken down 2.21 million accounts in India in June.

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