At the office, the messenger reinforced his service policy and stated that the bills were banned between August 15, the official start of the election campaign, and October 28, 2018, the date of the second round. "WhatsApp expressly probes the use of any application or robot to send bulk messages or to create accounts or groups in unauthorized or automated ways," says the company.
WhatsApp admits illegal mass mailing in 2018
WhatsApp banned 400,000 for mass mailing in the 2018 Elections; Understand Photo: Anna Kellen Bull / TechTudo
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Because messages exchanged in the application are protected by encryption, WhatsApp says it relies on account behavior right after registration to detect automation signals. "For example, if a user makes rapid changes to their contact catalog or the numbers are not shared among users, this could indicate that a sender obtained numbers without the user's consent," the document explains.
In addition to evidence of automated and massive account creation, the app investigates accounts created from suspicious computer networks to suspend irregular activity. Still in the trade, WhatsApp also reinforces that each user has a negative feedback limit that they can receive. In other words, accounts that are reported and blocked multiple times are more likely to be banned.
In October, WhatsApp admitted for the first time the illegal sending of mass messages in the 2018 Elections, with automated systems hired by companies. The presidential dispute was led by candidates Jair Bolsonaro (PSL) and Fernando Haddad (PT), with victory of the former. At the time, Ben Supple, WhatsApp's global public policy and election manager, acknowledged the app's influence on electoral processes and criticized public groups that disseminate political content.
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