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WhatsApp bans 2.4 million Indian accounts in July

A guy walks past a hoarding of the WhatsApp application installed at a skywalk in Mumbai, India, August 26, 2021. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas

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BENGALURU, Sept 2 (Reuters) – WhatsApp banned 2.39 million Indian accounts in July, the best so far this season, the Meta (META.O)-owned popular instant messaging app said late on Thursday in its monthly report.

The Asian nation’s stricter IT laws have managed to get essential for large digital platforms to create compliance reports on a monthly basis.

Draft rules circulated in June ( proposed establishing a panel to listen to user appeals, and said that significant social media marketing messaging platforms shall allow identification of the initial originator of information if directed by courts to take action.

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

Several accounts were banned predicated on complaints received through the business’s grievances channel and the various tools and resources it uses to detect such offenses, the social media marketing platform said. In July, WhatsApp received a complete of 574 grievance reports.

The messsaging platform, which includes been criticised earlier for spreading fake news and hate speech in the united kingdom, and also elsewhere on earth, had removed 2.21 million accounts in India in June.

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Reporting by Navamya Ganesh Acharya and Nivedita Bhattacharjee in Bengaluru;Editing by Dhanya Ann Thoppil

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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