Meta-owned WhatsApp bans more than 18 lakh accounts in India during March in compliance with the new IT Rules 2021.


Meta-owned WhatsApp on Monday said that it banned over 18 lakh bad accounts in India in the month of March in compliance with the new IT Rules 2021.

The platform had banned over 14 lakh such accounts in the country in February. The company said that it also received 597 grievance reports in the same month & the accounts actioned were 74.

We've published our report for the month of March 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," a WhatsApp spokesperson said in a statement. 

The company said that data shared highlights the number of Indian accounts banned by WhatsApp between March 1-31 using the abuse detection approach

Over the years, we have consistently invested in AI & other state of the art technology, data scientists & experts, and in processes, in order to keep our users safe on our platform the company added.

Under the new IT Rules 2021, big digital and social media platforms, with more than 5 million users, have to publish monthly compliance reports.