WhatsApp Cracks Down On Groups For Encouraging 'child Pornography'


WhatsApp group names related to 'child pornography' may be resulting in users losing access to the messaging app. We have reached out to WhatsApp for comment.

Written By Tanmay Patange | Mumbai | Updated On:

WhatsApp is possibly cracking down on groups that carry a suspicious group subject on the messaging app, according to Wabetainfo. Although this is a bit unusual since we have never heard about such action from WhatsApp until this point, multiple reports have emerged on Reddit that WhatsApp is preventing certain individuals from using its service, especially those that belong to WhatsApp groups having a 'suspicious' or 'malicious' name as the group subject.

WhatsApp's possible crackdown on 'child pornography'

According to a Reddit user Mowe11, the entire WhatsApp group of a University was banned because one of the participants changed the group subject to "Childs Pornography."

"We tried to contact support but all we receive are automatic responses that says we violated the rules. Obviously we did nothing wrong," Redditor said.

Another Reddit user reported a similar incident where changing the group subject to 'Child Porn' resulted in an immediate ban on WhatsApp. 

"Be aware that we ban accounts if we believe the account activity is in violation of our Terms of Service. Please review the “Acceptable Use of Our Services” section of our Terms of Service carefully to learn more about the appropriate uses of WhatsApp Business and the activities that violate our Terms of Service," WhatsApp mentions on its website.

We have reached out to WhatsApp for a comment and we will update our story as and when we hear back.

Recently, WhatsApp rolled out group privacy controls to all users amid NSO-Pegasus spyware controversy. These new controls allow users to exclude other users from adding them to random groups without permission.

In related news, WhatsApp reportedly experienced a massive decline in terms of downloads, following the Pegasus spyware controversy in India. WhatsApp downloads fell 80 per cent between October 26 and November 3.

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