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WhatsApp deletes millions of accounts due to a new rule: selection based on decisive "behavioral signals"

2021-07-25T06:44:42.982Z

WhatsApp is now cracking down on it. Recently, the messenger service deleted more than two million accounts due to a new rule. More are to follow.



WhatsApp is now cracking down on it.

Recently, the messenger service deleted more than two million accounts due to a new rule.

More are to follow.

Menlo Park - When the smartphone is ringing nonstop: Spam messages are increasingly being sent via WhatsApp, which take users' nerves. Now the messenger service is taking radical action against messages in a loop. In just one month, the company banned more than two million users and deleted their accounts, the

BBC

reported. But what does that mean for prolific writers and people who like to break up their WhatsApp concerns into several messages?

Do not worry.

14 short messages in one minute may upset some recipients, but that is far from being spam.

Around 95 percent of the blocked accounts were robot accounts that have automated the sending of messages.

Most of it came from India.

With around 400 million accounts worldwide, there are most WhatsApp users there, but above all many organizations that send masses of spam or have fraudulent intent *.

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WhatsApp deletes millions of accounts: “Top focus” on fake news - you should be aware of that

If you receive more and more spam messages on WhatsApp, you can trigger the blocking by reporting the relevant accounts.

According to the

BBC,

only accounts with an "abnormally high" message rate

were blocked last month

- one that a person would not be able to do at all.

The suspension of these accounts is a consequence of a new messenger policy.

The dissemination of false and dangerous information in India would now be proceeded with "top focus".

This is no coincidence: Again and again, mass fake news in India triggers murders and other acts of violence.

WhatsApp is also increasingly targeting criminals around the world.

The service, which is owned by Facebook, said, according to the BBC, that it is using its own tools to prevent abuse.

WhatsApp doesn't give criminals a chance - that also means: Messenger always reads

WhatsApp deletes around eight million people every month;

either because their account sent illegal content, or because the company classifies them as fraudsters and criminals.

In order to identify these, WhatsApp evaluates so-called "behavior signals".

That means: The Messenger belonging to Facebook evaluates freely available and "unencrypted information" such as profile and group photos or account descriptions.

WhatsApp does not read messages, as the company recently confirmed.

Conclusion: If you don't get into debt and don't type superhumanely quickly, you don't have to fear deletion.

* Merkur.de,

RUHR24.de

and tz.de are offers from IPPEN.MEDIA.

Source: merkur

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