Messaging platform WhatsApp has warned that it will ban users if they break any of the four rules.
WhatsApp, owned by Meta, the company that owns Facebook and Instagram, is issuing a warning about the rules that many people are unaware of.
Apart from obvious and knowingly sent scams, there are some things users should avoid.
What to avoid doing on WhatsApp
Sending lots of messages
Bulk messaging, where one person or organization sends a large amount of the same messages to multiple phones, can get you banned from the app.
It’s usually part of a scam, so WhatsApp is wary of these types of messages.
But it can also happen if too many people report you for your constant messaging.
Use unofficial versions of WhatsApp
WhatsApp has several copycat versions of the app, such as GBWhatsApp and WhatsApp Plus.
If the app detects you using these fake versions, it will ban you from the real thing.
Whether it’s joking, sending fake news and pranks that lead to your reporting will get you banned.
WhatsApp may ban your account if it is reported that you are impersonating others to extract information.
How to know if you have been banned from WhatsApp?
WhatsApp will send a notification saying: “Your phone number is banned from using WhatsApp. Contact support for assistance.”
WhatsApp said it bans accounts “if we believe account activity violates our terms of service.”
WhatsApp’s website says: “Please keep in mind that we may not issue a warning before we ban your account. If you believe your account has been banned by mistake, please email us. -email and we will consider your case.”