WhatsApp is the biggest instant messaging platform in India and hence, a favorite place for online scammers. 2023 saw a surge in online scams, and WhatsApp has been one of the commonly used methods to contact victims. WhatsApp, in its latest monthly report, has revealed that the platform banned more than 70 lakh accounts in November 2023.
Within the period from November 1 to November 30, WhatsApp has banned a total of 71,96,000 accounts in India in compliance with the new IT Rules 2021. As detailed by WhatsApp, the platform banned 19,54,000 accounts were proactively banned, before any reports from users.
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The natural question that may come to your mind is, why did WhatsApp remove lakhs of accounts? How can I protect my WhatsApp account from getting banned?
WhatsApp can ban your account if you use it for sharing inappropriate content, such as illegal, harmful, offensive, hate speech, violent threats, or private information without consent. Even creating fake accounts or pretending to be someone else is against WhatsApp’s policies. Sending threatening messages, spreading unlawful content, or doing anything against WhatsApp’s terms of service can result in your account getting banned.
As long as you’re not doing anything wrong on WhatsApp, you don’t have to worry about your WhatsApp account getting banned. You can read the WhatsApp Monthly Indian reports here.
In related news, WhatsApp is implementing a big change to the platform that will make you pay for your WhatsApp backups. It will stop offering unlimited free Google Drive for WhatsApp backups. After this change is implemented, your WhatsApp backups to Google Drive will count towards your Google storage quota. You can read more about it here.