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WHATSAPP is planning a massive crackdown and is stepping up efforts to ban swathes of users. Here’s how it will affect you

WhatsApp is increasing efforts to crackdown on those that misuse the hugely popular chat app.

Each day more than 65billion messages are sent on WhatsApp from the over 1.5bn people that use the Facebook-owned service

But while WhatsApp is meant for friends to chat and keep in touch, there are those that aim to exploit its popularity by spreading scams and spam.

Recently reported on a WhatsApp scam which tried to trick users into thinking they had been sent a ‘verification code

But this was just a sneaky way to try and get WhatsApp users to send across personal information to cyber criminals.

And now WhatsApp are ramping up their efforts to stop those that use the chat app for illicit means.

WhatsApp have said they have “stepped up” their ability to identify accounts which “misuse” WhatsApp.

And as a result, this is helping them ban two million WhatsApp accounts every month.

WhatsApp have also said that from December 7 2019 they will consider taking legal action against those that send “bulk or automated” messages.

The Facebook-owned chat app, in an update to their FAQ page, added that they would not tolerate WhatsApp being used for spam messages.

Speaking to The Independent, a WhatsApp spokesperson added: “WhatsApp was designed for private messaging, so we've taken action to prevent bulk messaging and enforce limits on how WhatsApp can be used.

“We've also stepped up our ability to identify accounts that misuse WhatsApp, which helps us ban two million accounts globally per month.”

WhatsApp is the most popular chat app in the world.

The crackdown should hopefully significantly reduce the amount of spam messages WhatsApp users get sent.

In the update to their ‘unauthorised usage of WhatsApp’, the chat app said they’re “committed to reinforcing the private nature of our platform and keeping users safe from abuse”.

WhatsApp added they will use all resources at their disposal to stop abuse of its terms of service.

They said: “Beginning on December 7 2019, WhatsApp will take legal action against those we determine are engaged in or assisting others in abuse that violates our terms of service, such as automated or bulk messaging”.

More than 65billion WhatsApp messages are sent every day.

WhatsApp also has advice on its site advising users how to spot a scam message.

WhatsApp said the hallmarks of these messages are:

• The sender claims to be affiliated with WhatsApp

• The message content includes instructions to forward the message

WhatsApp is used by more than 1.5billion people each month.

• The message claims you can avoid punishment, like account suspension, if you forward the message

• The message content includes a reward or gift from WhatsApp or another person

If you are sent a scam message WhatsApp advises “you to block the sender, disregard the message and delete it.”

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