Whatsapp: Government of India orders WhatsApp to block scam calls accounts, ban on more than 36 lakh accounts!
The news of fraudulent calls coming through WhatsApp in India is increasing day by day. People are getting video calls with audio from random international numbers and scammers are targeting citizens with their malicious intentions. To take action against such fake numbers, the Government of India has asked WhatsApp to ban accounts that are involved in fraudulent activities.
Union Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnav said during the launch of the Department of Telecom's Sanchar Saathi website that more than 36 lakh WhatsApp accounts have been banned in India and the company is cooperating to ensure the safety of people.
Government asks WhatsApp to block accounts
During the launch, Union Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnav was asked about the government's efforts to curb the rising WhatsApp call scam cases in the country.
Responding to the question, he said, "We are actively engaged with WhatsApp and they have agreed that customer safety is of paramount importance. All OTT platforms are actively cooperating to deregister those users, Who have been found as fraud users.
He also said that 36 lakh phone numbers have been removed for fraud and their WhatsApp accounts have also been banned.
WhatsApp, in a statement, thanked the minister for acknowledging his efforts to ensure the safety of users.
"We are grateful for the minister's acknowledgment of WhatsApp's continued commitment to user security. We are actively engaging with the government to ensure a safe user experience, including removing malicious numbers from the platform," the statement said. "
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Talking about the scams targeting people, many WhatsApp users have reported different countries like Ethiopia (+251), Malaysia (+60), Indonesia (+62), Kenya (+254), Vietnam (+84), and others. Reported calls from countries. Some users also reported receiving messages that tried to lure them with lucrative part-time job offers as well as video calls from unknown numbers.