WhatsApp has been blocking group participants with names that allude to child pornography. According to user reports, it is sufficient for a profile detail to be related to the theme for all members to be removed and have their phone numbers blocked by the platform.
The measurement performed by an automated system based on the only information that is public due to end-to-end encryption, the content of the conversations can only be read by the members. According to Spanish newspaper publication El pas From this Saturday (12), more than 250,000 numbers would have been banned in the last three months because of some relationship with child pornography.
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Company rules, however, were being used to make jokes in bad taste. In Spain, some users report being expelled from the messenger after one of the groups they were part of had their name changed. An image published in a report by El pas shows a group that has its name changed to "Child porn" and then automatically expels all members. Remember that the administrator can prevent other participants from changing the group name and other details.
WhatsApp does not disclose how the detection system operates. For now, there is no indication that messenger algorithms are sophisticated enough to circumvent tricks used by child abusers. THE dnetc contacted WhatsApp staff, but got no response until this issue was published.
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