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More than 100 crore individuals live in India, and more than 50 crores of them use WhatsApp on their cell phones. That is, approximately 50% of the country’s population utilizes WhatsApp. True also, as WhatsApp has significantly streamlined life. Because it is quick and simple to exchange photographs and videos in a brief moment, WhatsApp is utilized for the majority of communications. However, a lot of people abuse this facility and make use of it to boost crime and obscenity. Due to this, two crore 28 lakh WhatsApp accounts have been blocked in the past year in accordance with the nation’s IT regulations. In May 2022, the most recent month in question, WhatsApp blocked 19 lakh 10 thousand accounts.

According to WhatsApp data, most accounts were banned in July 2021. There were 30 lakh 27 thousand such accounts. If someone posts offensive, defamatory, threatening, intimidating, hateful, or objectionable content that violates local laws and is reported by another user, WhatsApp blocks the account. The same corporation, Meta, is the owner of Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram. Facebook initiated legal action against 2 crores 17 lakh users in the first quarter of 2022 for uploading violent and inflammatory content, and it also erased 1 billion 88 crores worth of false information. Similar to this, Instagram also erased 18 lakh postings encouraging drug use. We have WhatsApp and other social media platforms at our disposal to make it easier for us to converse and communicate with one another.

It is not acceptable to abuse these mediums. Through them, spreading false information is illegal and not in the nation’s best interests. You must have noticed by now that there is ongoing action on social media on remarks, tweets, etc. that are defamatory or anti-national, and those responsible are being arrested. It does not follow that you can write anything and go to sleep soundly if you have a smartphone in your hand and a social media account. Think twenty times before posting anything inappropriate on social media, and refrain from posting anything that is against the law, hurts someone, or is bad for society. On social media, you should exercise the same caution you would while speaking to someone in person.


Dr. Andareas Peter