O WhatsApp blocked more than two million users on the India in just a month for violating its rules, revealed the American company in its first report after the controversial new legislation on social networks in the Asian country.
The access of most of these Internet users was cut off by abuse of spam messages. The company, owned by Facebook, has imposed a limit on message exchanges in an attempt to combat false news.
India adopted new legislation in May to regulate social networking companies, requiring them to report their actions every month to watch over their platforms.
“We maintain advanced capabilities to identify those accounts that send a high or unusual number of messages and we have banned two million accounts in India alone from May 15th to June 15th to prevent this type of abuse,” WhatsApp said in its report published on Thursday.
The American company stated that its main objective is “to prevent the spread of harmful and unwanted messages”.
Dozens of people were harassed in 2018 in India after rumors spread on WhatsApp by criminal groups that steal children.
The incidents led the messaging app to introduce a limit on mass resends in the country.
WhatsApp and some Indian media outlets have denounced the new legislation on social media to the courts.
Critics say the government is trying to curb dissent, while officials say the regulation is intended to make social media safer.
Under the legislation, social media platforms have to share details of the first tweeter or malicious message as they believe it could undermine India’s sovereignty, security or public order.
However, WhatsApp claimed the regulation violates India’s privacy laws.