Fidelity bank banner Atiku Obi Campaign banner Newsexpress banner Camano banner
WhatsApp bans more than 100,000 accounts

By News Express on 20/10/2018

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 695


WhatsApp  has banned hundreds of thousands of accounts in Brazil as the Facebook Inc. messaging service struggles to contain political shenanigans ahead of a runoff election in Latin America’s largest country.

“We have cutting-edge technology to detect spam that identifies accounts with abnormal behaviour so that they can’t be used to spread spam or misinformation,” a WhatsApp spokesperson wrote in an email.

“We are also taking immediate legal measures to prevent companies from sending mass messages via WhatsApp and have already banned accounts associated with those companies.”

There are around 120 million users of the messaging service in Brazil, whose population is 210 million.

Facebook set up a “war room” to spot and eradicate misinformation, hate speech and other damaging content during Brazil’s election this month. It’s a test for the social network ahead of midterm elections in the US later this year.

While the company said it was able to thwart false information on its main social network, it’s had more trouble controlling misbehavior on WhatsApp, which is encrypted and virtually impossible to monitor.

Brazil’s runoff election is on October 28, when far-right politician Jair Bolsonaro faces leftist Workers’ Party candidate Fernando Haddad.

On Thursday, the latter accused his competitor of receiving illegal and undeclared corporate donations after local newspaper Folha de S.Paulo reported companies are paying for a mass social media campaign against Mr Haddad. Mr Bolsonaro wrote on Twitter that his opponent’s party “isn’t being damaged by fake news, but rather by the TRUTH”.

WhatsApp said that it’s taking the accusation seriously. “We are committed to reinforcing WhatsApp policies equally and in a fair way to protect the users’ experience,” it added.

The messaging service confirmed that it blocked the account of Mr Bolsonaro’s son Flavio for spam a couple of days ago.

The company said it was unrelated to the accusations on Thursday.

It also noted that it banned an account related to former Brazil president Dilma Rousseff, a member of the Workers’ Party. (NAN)

Source News Express

Posted 20/10/2018 7:22:08 PM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
"The Oil & Gas Year" zeroes in on...

Senate takes fight against drug abuse to Kano...

Peterside empathises with flood-ravaged Rivers communities, calls for...

NIMC targets registration of 28 million Nigerians by...

Presidency raises alarm as foreign terrorists flood Nigeria...

2019: Southern forum gives conditions for backing presidential...

Why I visited Buhari — Uduaghan

Cleric berates Executive, NASS for continued poverty, suffering...

Clean, healthy environment in Rivers State not negotiable...

Tony Elumelu Foundation welcomes 1,000 Pan-African Entrepreneurs to...

Gunmen kidnap Lagos Oba

2017 Walk for Nature: Fidelity Bank, NCF partner...

 

Latest News Meet the most powerful lobbyist in America who arranged Atiku’s US visit Buhari expresses shock over Borno campaign tragedy Group takes Atiku campaign to polling units, pledges 15m votes Miyetti Allah endorses Ugwuanyi for second term Hope rises for 63 disengaged staff of Ebonyi Varsity as committee begin sitting 27 soldiers arrested in Venezuela after rising against President New police boss: Same old story FG releases N163b to universities but ASUU not yet to call off strike Gas explosion kills four in Akwa Ibom Imo Guber: Why we won’t vote Uche Nwosu — Nkwerre Ieaders UNICEF, Bayelsa Govt commence school enrolment drive campaign to reduce school drop-out Eagles ex-star, Sodje, two brothers jailed for misappropriating African charity funds

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (441,762 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (400,631 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (334,328 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (287,381 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (252,658 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (231,679 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (215,870 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (197,139 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (184,313 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (172,753 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (170,219 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (156,134 views)

 

JAMB 2019 Reg

CBN banner

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (76) Business & Economy (3,972) Business Verdict (54) Columnists (985) Complaints & Requests (95) Enterprise & Opportunities (208) Entertainment (580) Features (704) Global Business Monitor (314) International (3,007) Interview (170) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (151) Maggie's Blog (117) News (42,588) Opinion (1,180) Pidgin (16) Politics (8,853) Religion (942) Sports (1,869) Stock Watch (36) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

 

 

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera