The Meta-owned popular instant messaging application WhatsApp took action against over 7.4 million ‘bad’ accounts in India, in compliance with the new IT Rules of 2021.
According to the report, the messaging platform banned at least 7,420,748 accounts in the country between August 1-31. About 3,506,905 of these accounts were proactively banned, before any reports from users.
The Meta-owned app, in its monthly compliance report, also received a record 14,767 complaint reports in August in India, and the records “actioned” were 71.
“Accounts Actioned” denotes reports where WhatsApp took remedial action based on the report and taking action denotes either banning an account or a previously banned account being restored as a result.
“This user-safety report contains details of the user complaints received and the corresponding action taken by WhatsApp, as well as WhatsApp’s own preventive actions to combat abuse on our platform,” according to the company.
Moreover, the company received only one order from the Grievance Appellate Committee in the country in August and complied with it. The Centre recently established the Grievance Appellate Committee (GAC) to address user concerns about content and related matters. This panel aims to bolster digital regulations and handle user appeals against social media platforms’ decisions.
Meanwhile, WhatsApp is reportedly rolling out a new reply bar feature for quickly responding to images, videos, and GIFs, as reported by WABetaInfo. According to the publication, the new reply bar feature will become available when viewing images or videos in a conversation after users install the latest WhatsApp beta for Android 18.104.22.168 update from the Google Play Store.
The new reply bar allows users to quickly respond to specific media within a chat without dismissing the current screen, making it easier to maintain the flow of conversation and not lose context regarding the shared content. To check if you have received the feature, open WhatsApp and then open any image, video, or GIF.