WhatsApp Curbs International Spam Calls In India: There is good news for those in India who were troubled by foreign spam calls on WhatsApp. Meta-owned WhatsApp on Thursday said it has taken strong action on the growing threat of international spam calls in India after the government announced the notice. The messaging platform said it has enhanced its Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) systems to reduce such incidents. According to a report by Statista, India has over 487 million WhatsApp users, making it the largest market for the company.
“Our new implementation will reduce the current calling rate by at least 50 percent and we expect to be able to handle current incidents more effectively. We will continue to work tirelessly to ensure a safe and secure experience for our users,” a company spokesperson said in a statement.
Earlier today, Minister of State for Electronics and IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar said that the IT ministry will send a notice to WhatsApp on the issue of spam calls from unknown international numbers, stressing that the social media platform is responsible for ensuring the safety and trust of people. are responsible. For making
Millions of WhatsApp users in India are troubled by the volume of international spam calls they have received in recent days, many of them at risk of financial loss. These spam calls, mostly from international numbers from African and South East Asian countries, have left Indians with no option but to share their anguish on Twitter. The spam calls showed country codes for Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Ethiopia. Most of these calls originated from +251 (Ethiopia), +62 (Indonesia), +254 (Kenya), +84 (Vietnam) and other countries.
WhatsApp said that international spam calls are a new tactic that scammers have recently adopted. By leaving a missed call, they trick users into calling or returning the call, only to get scammed. “We continue to provide a number of security tools within WhatsApp such as block and report, continually provide user security education and awareness, as well as proactively eliminate bad actors from our platform.”