WhatsApp has released its monthly User Safety report. This is the WhatsApp’s Ninth User Safety monthly report and captures information for the period from 1 February, 2022 to 28 February, 2022. As per the report, the instant messaging platform WhatsApp, the company banned 1,426,000 Indian accounts banned on the platform during the month. An Indian account is identified via a +91 phone number.
The report is published in accordance with Rule 4(1)(d) of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021. It contains information on actions taken by WhatsApp in response to:
* Grievances received from users in India via the grievance mechanisms of WhatsApp
* Accounts actioned in India through our prevention and detection methods for violating the laws of India or WhatsApp’s Terms of Service.
According to the company, the abuse detection operates at three stages of an account’s lifestyle: at registration, during messaging, and in response to negative feedback, which we receive in the form of user reports and blocks. A team of analysts augments these systems to evaluate edge cases and help improve our effectiveness over time.
“WhatsApp is an industry leader in preventing abuse, among end-to-end encrypted messaging services. Over the years, we have consistently invested in Artificial Intelligence and other state-of-the-art technology, data scientists and experts, and in processes, in order to keep our users safe on our platform. In accordance with the IT Rules 2021, we’ve published our ninth monthly report for the month of February 2022. This user-safety report contains details of the user complaints received and the corresponding action taken by WhatsApp, as well as WhatsApp’s own preventive actions to combat abuse on our platform. As captured in the latest Monthly Report, WhatsApp banned over 1.4 million accounts in the month of February,” said a WhatsApp spokesperson