TechInAfrica – WhatsApp now has been stricter in terms of security. For the record, it has banned some regular users who are parts of groups with controversial or suspicious names. According to WABetaInfo, it has constantly received reports from users who have been banned from WhatsApp.
A user who was banned explained on the report that he was included in a WhatsApp group in which one of his fellow members then changed the group’s name to something referring to illegal activity. All the group’s members then were all banned from WhatsApp.
Explaining on this issue, WABetaInfo said, “When these users tried to reach WhatsApp, they have received an automatic reply, that explained that they were banned from violating their Terms Of Services and that they won’t reply again. So, in this case, someone that was wrongly banned can do nothing and cannot receive assistance from WhatsApp. People are forced to change their phone number, losing their chat history.”
WhatsApp implements an end-to-end encrypted system for the messages, thus, its automated system will detect controversial and suspicious activity. By this, it means that WhatsApp will automatically ban such activities or users without having to assess a specific group’s chat content. It works by evaluating the group’s date of creation, group subject, or even the group’s description.
Despite the controversial act of banning all of the groups’ members, WhatsApp has a feature called Group Info Restriction on the Group Settings which allows the group’s creator to decide which members he wants to be an admin of the group. This, at least, will limit those who have the power to change the group’s name to something worth banning.