WhatsApp has blocked more than two million users in India in just a month for violating its rules, the United States-based company has disclosed in its first compliance report under India’s controversial new social media rules.
Most of the users were blocked for spam message abuses. The Facebook-owned firm has put a limit on mass-forward messaging in a bid to counter misinformation.
India implemented new rules in May to regulate social media companies, forcing them to disclose each month their efforts to police their platforms.
“We maintain advanced capabilities to identify these accounts sending a high or abnormal rate of messages and banned 2m accounts in India alone from May 15 to June 15 attempting this kind of abuse,” WhatsApp said in its report released late on Thursday.
The company said its “top focus” remains on preventing the spread of harmful and unwanted messages.