A few days ago, the platform announced the permanent closure of many accounts for these six reasons. Many of these restrictions were already in place, but the company recalled by a press release the reasons for which you can close an account, which will be effective from April 1st.
The account will take up to 30 days to be deleted, as the company requires some time to process all messages that are sent and received in your account. If someone messages you during this time, you will receive a notification that your account has been deactivated.
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Here are the six causes that could lead to your account being closed
The main reason pAn account will be closed if it is inactive for more than 120 consecutive days. How does the company explain itself? in your help centerthe measure obeys “in order to maintain security, limit data retention and protect user privacy”. As he explains, inactivity is considered when the user does not log into WhatsApp.
For the account to be active, an Internet connection is required. If the user has opened the WhatsApp application on the device, but is not connected to the Internet, the account is inactive. Content stored on the user’s device before the account was deleted will remain there until WhatsApp is deleted from the phone. When a user logs back into WhatsApp using the same device, locally stored content reappears.
2. Use WhatsApp Plus
Other reasons will be the use of an alternative application, called WhatsApp Plus, which can be downloaded for Android phones, but this is not the official version of the program. Many users prefer this alternative, because as its name suggests, the “Plus” version, which It has nothing to do with the company Meta, owner of WhatsApp.
This model, among other “virtues”, allows you to recover deleted messages, change the background or upload the photo of any contact you have saved, possibility not available in the original version of the application.
It is a type of program called APK, that is, an Android file that can be downloaded to the mobile phone and use all the tools that another application, in this case WhatsApp, has. However, By using this alternative version, although it apparently offers some virtues that its original model does not have, it also carries dangers that few users are aware of.
One of the most important reasons not to use this type of APK is that the conversations are not encrypted. Basically, this implies that chats have no level of security and can be seen by other people, unlike the original WhatsApp.
You must also consider that with WhatsApp Plus the backup of all conversations is lost. It is an advantage that the original WhatsApp gives that allows to make a copy of the user’s chats every day so that when changing cell phones or numbers can save those conversations.
3. No more spam
The company also wants to end the use of spam on the platform. Therefore, when detect a person or company creating mailing lists or groups to send mass messages, they can also close that account.
WhatsApp can differentiate between conversations with a contact saved on the phone and those with an unknown number. Send repetitive and massive messages to phones that are not programmed to attract the attention of the application team, which could estimate the sending of spam or other types of information that the user or the recipient probably does not want to receive.
4. Blocks from other users
Users whose accounts have been blocked more than five times in less than a day, they may also lose their accounts. This happens when blocks occur with people who are not in the contact list. The remote program that scans millions of users determines that these blocks are likely related to the mass sending of inappropriate messages.
This cause is related to the previous one and also has to do with the company’s interest in ensuring that users do not use WhatsApp to send spam.
5. Eliminate fake news
WhatsApp, like Facebook, fights fake news. In order to improve its filters, the app will delete the accounts of people responsible for spreading fake news.
In this effort, on September 14, Facebook, now renamed Meta and owner of WhatsAppand joined as part of a global initiative with more than 80 organizations working in 60 languages with the aim of reduce misinformation on the platform and enhance the quality of online news.
6. Sharing inappropriate files or documents
Another reason to cancel the account is: send files, documents or links that the company may consider inappropriate.
Among these documents are mentioned spreading rumorspost links to malware and viruses, share pornography, illegal, obscene, defamatory, libelous, threatening, harassing, hateful, racist or ethnically offensive material, In addition to being able to face a possible lawsuit, may also result in the termination of your account.