WhatsApp and Twitter have announced that they have banned lakhs of accounts in India in February. The companies revealed these numbers in their monthly compliance reports, which also detail the number of reports they received last in February.
WhatsApp bans 45 lakh accounts
According to WhatsApp’s monthly compliance report, the Meta-owned company banned a record over 45 lakh bad accounts in India. The accounts were banned in compliance with the new IT Rules 2021.
WhatsApp banned 4,597,400 accounts “and 1,298,000 of these accounts were proactively banned, before any reports from users” between February 1 and February 28,the companies said.
The instant messaging platform received 2,804 complaint reports in February, and 504 records were “actioned” upon.
“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 company spokesperson added.
“We will continue with transparency to our work and include information about our efforts in future reports,” the spokesperson noted. Whatsapp has nearly 500 million users in India.
Twitter bans 6.8 lakh accounts
Twitter banned a record 682,420 accounts that promoted child sexual exploitation and non-consensual nudity in India. These accounts were banned between January 26 and February 25, the company said.
As many as 1,548 accounts were taken down for promoting terrorism on the micro-blogging platform, the social media company sai
In its monthly report in compliance with the new IT Rules, 2021, Twitter said that it received 73 complaints from users in India in the one month time-frame through its grievance redressal mechanisms. It processed 27 grievances which were appealing account suspensions.
“We overturned 10 of these account suspensions after reviewing the specifics of the situation. The remaining reported accounts remain suspended,” said the company, adding that, “We also received 24 requests related to general questions about Twitter accounts during this reporting period,” it added.