WhatsApp has blocked the accounts of 2 million Indian users on its app on Thursday to prevent the increasing number of spam on its messaging platform.
“We maintain advanced capabilities to identify these accounts sending a high or abnormal rate of messages and banned two million accounts in India alone from May 15 to June 15 attempting this kind of abuse,” said WhatsApp said in its report released late Thursday.
WhatsApp revealed the closure of the accounts in its first compliance report that was published under India’s new information technology regulations that took effect in May.
The new rules of the Indian government require social media companies like WhatsApp to publish compliance reports every month detailing the variety of complaints they obtain from Indian customers and the actions they took to appropriate the problems.
WhatsApp explained that the vast majority of the accounts were banned for violating limits on the number of times individual text or media messages can be forwarded.
WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook (FB), said that more than 95% of the 2 million accounts that it blocked from May 15 to June 15 were banned because of spam.
CNN reported that WhatsApp has over 400 million users and 2 billion users worldwide. India is the biggest market of social media platform for WhatsApp.
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