WhatsApp banned more than 18 lakh accounts in India in January 2022

The accounts were mostly banned for violating WhatsApp guidelines.

Highlights
  • WhatsApp banned over 18 lakh accounts in India between January 1st and 31st 2022.
  • The messaging app banned the accounts based on grievances from other users and for violating app guidelines.
  • It received a total of 495 grievance reports in January and took action on 24 of them.

In its latest compliance report for the month of January 2022, WhatsApp has revealed that it banned more than 18 lakh accounts in India. The Meta-owned messaging client stated that the accounts were banned due to grievances sent by other users, and for violating WhatsApp guidelines. This isn’t the first time that we’ve seen WhatsApp ban accounts in the country, in fact, the company banned around 17 lakh accounts in November 2021. While most of the accounts were banned for violating guidelines, some of them were also blocked after receiving grievances from users.  

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Why did WhatsApp ban accounts in India?

WhatsApp has confirmed that most of the accounts were banned as they did not follow guidelines and were found violating them. The messaging client takes strict action against accounts spreading fake news, bullying, inciting violence, and spreading hateful messages. If an account is found doing this, then it is banned without any prior notice.

The company also said that some of the accounts were banned after other users reported them for inappropriate behaviour, unwanted sexual advances, racist or casteist comments, threats, and harassment. WhatsApp received 495 such reports between January 1st and 31st 2022. It took action on 24 of these accounts in the same month.

How to report an account in WhatsApp? 

If you want to report a user or account on WhatsApp, you can tap and hold on to any of their messages in the chat and select Report. You can also send an email to grievance_officer_wa@support.whatsapp.com to report an account violating WhatsApps guidelines. Alternatively, you can also send a mail via post to the India Grievance Officer. When sending an email or mail, you’ll need to add the full phone number of the contact with the country code.

If you think that your account has been wrongly reported or banned, then you can contact WhatsApp to sort out the issue. You may want to check out these WhatsApp alternatives in case your account has been banned.