WhatsApp has taken down over 3 million accounts in the last few months. From using unofficial WhatsApp applications to users reporting accounts, here’s how you can save your account from getting banned from the messaging app.
In a released report dubbed ‘User Safety Report’, the Facebook-owned messaging company has reiterated it will keep coming down on users that violate the company’s code of conduct, for unlawful and/or violence-provoking activities among others.
Some of the instant bans include accounts that spread fake news and hate speech. etc. To Identify and ban accounts that violate these reules, WhatsApp has put in place a new system.
“The abuse detection operates at three stages of an account’s lifestyle: at registration, during messaging, and in response to negative feedback, received in the form of user reports and blocks. A team of analysts augments these systems to evaluate edge cases and help improve effectiveness over time,” the messaging platform said.
To avoid getting banned, WhatsApp has a number of ‘best practices’ which you should follow and also some practices to avoid to ‘ensure responsible use’ of the messaging platform.
The most common way to spread misinformation on the app and the most prevalent reason you may get banned is forwarding messages. You should make sure the messages you are forwarding don’t break the rules to avoid getting your account suspended forever.
You should also avoid sending bulk or automated messages “WhatsApp uses both machine learning technology and reports from users to detect and ban accounts that send unwanted automated messages,” the Meta-owned platform says.