Last December, 36.77 lakh WhatsApp accounts were banned in India, a slightly lower number than the accounts we took action last month (37.16 lakh).
“Between December 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022, a whopping 36,77,000 accounts were banned. Of these, 13,89,000 were pre-banned before users reported them,” WhatsApp said.
Also in December, we received 1,607 appeals from users, a 70% increase over the previous month’s 946 complaints. Of these 1,607 complaints, 1,459 (91%) requested an account ban, it added.
Meanwhile, in November 2022, there were 90,000 preemptively blocked accounts.
The meta-owned platform released figures for December 2022 in its India Monthly Report. The country’s Information Technology Rules 2021 require digital platforms operating here to publish monthly compliance reports stating details of complaints received and actions taken against them.
WhatsApp has over 2 billion users worldwide, with India having one of the largest user bases. In February 2021, the Government of India revealed that WhatsApp was used by more than 53 million Indians, making it the most used social media service in India.