WhatsApp Bans 2M Accounts in Order to Combat Fake News Propaganda
WhatsApp Bans 2M Accounts in Order to Combat Fake News Propaganda. WhatsApp announced on 6 February how it is stopping abusive and fake accounts. The move was discussed in a press conference held in News.
WhatsApp bans 2M accounts to combat fake news
As elections approach in India, WhatsApp had to take some measures to avoid controversy. Whatsapp has a huge user base in India, being the largest online messaging platform. The company is employing machine learning to determine which account may be causing trouble and once found to remove them. Although there is some human intervention so it’s kind of like a hybrid system. According to a statement by officials, WhatsApp has been removing up to 2M accounts per month, with 20% of these being banned at the time they’re created.
WhatsApp has upwards of 1.5 billion users. Its popularity is its biggest flaw. Several incidents have led to mob lynching incidents due to fake news, especially in India. Moreover, the issue of the platform being used as a political tool is also not new. For instance, in the 2018 general elections in Brazil, a software was used to grab citizen’s phone numbers from Facebook and then sent messages on Whatsapp to sway their views. That is probably the reason why WhatsApp is actively taking bolder measures before the upcoming elections in India.
Earlier, the platform had limited the number of forwarding to five, per message and forwarded messages are tagged as such. This was a reduction from the previous limit of 20. However, that five can include groups containing hundreds of contacts.