Your WhatsApp account can be banned! Just don't make these mistakes

Overstepping these 5 strict rules can lead your WhatsApp account to be banned. Know what you should avoid doing.

| Updated on: Aug 22 2022, 11:24 IST
WhatsApp account can be banned for violating certain rules. (Bloomberg)
WhatsApp account can be banned for violating certain rules. (Bloomberg)

WhatsApp has been one of the top messaging apps for over 2 billion users worldwide. Its simple, end-to-end encrypted chats and feature-rich characteristics make it one of the most widely used messaging tools. And these WhatsApp features keep improving even as new ones are added. But beware! All of these benefits ca be snatched away from you in an instant. Because your WhatsApp account can be banned if you break some critical rules mentioned in WhatsApp's Security and Privacy policy. While, scamming attempts are something that will obviously get you banned, but there are some other rules that you may not even realize that you are breaking. Therefore, WhatsApp has warned its 2 billion users about these rules and suggested that the platform not be misused. So, check these WhatsApp privacy and security rules that may land your WhatsApp account on the banned list!

Automated or bulk messages

Your WhatsApp account can be banned if you do bulk messaging. WhatsApp clearly warns against that by saying, "Don't bulk message, auto-message, or auto-dial using WhatsApp". Bulk messages are usually a red flag suggesting that a fraudster is trying to operate a scam. WhatsApp also uses machine learning technology and reports from WhatsApp users to learn and ban these accounts that send bulk or automated messages.

If your account reported multiple times

Your WhatsApp account can be banned if people simply report you multiple times. This is something that can get a lot of people in trouble without their even being aware of it. So, be careful about how you interact with anyone on WhatsApp. Also, contacting people even after they ask you to stop messaging them can block your account.

For sharing contact lists without consent!

Though, that's a basic rule, don't share anyone's information without their consent. That applies to WhatsApp too. Meta-owned platforms suggest not to share numbers without consent or use data obtained from illicit sources to message users.

Frequent use of broadcast messages

Using a broadcast list? Then mind that messages sent using a broadcast list will only be received when users have added your phone number to their contact list. And the frequent use of broadcast messages may lead people to report your messages which can further lead to your WhatsApp account ban.

Extracting personal information

You should avoid extracting information from WhatsApp at scale, using an automated or manual tool. Acquiring information from contacts such as phone numbers, contact profile pictures, and shared statuses from WhatsApp violates the Terms of Service of the company. This can ultimately block your account too.

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First Published Date: 09 Apr, 16:07 IST