WhatsApp is one of the most popular and widespread means of communication of our time – in Germany alone, more than 30 million people use the messenger service. However, there are a few rules that users must adhere to. Because what many people probably don’t even know: WhatsApp can block users who do not adhere to these rules.
- WhatsApp: an overview of the most important user rules
- Violations of these WhatsApp guidelines can result in bans
- WhatsApp: penalties against insults, fake news, spam messages and Co.
So if you want to prevent your own phone number from being excluded from WhatsApp, you should absolutely adhere to the guidelines.
WhatsApp: The eight most important user rules
Here you can see an overview of the eight most important WhatsApp rules.
Call to violence
Users must not encourage or incite others to conduct illegal or otherwise inappropriate behavior. This includes the glorification of violent crimes.
Everyone knows that: Many WhatsApp users may have slipped out an ironic insult among friends. However: Anyone who insults other users seriously, threatens them, harasses them or makes racist remarks must expect a ban.
Send spam messages
Chain letters and mass messages are not only annoying, but also forbidden. Because WhatsApp takes strict action against the spread of such messages. “Auto-messaging”, ie messages that are written in advance and sent at a specified time, are also not permitted – unless WhatsApp has personally approved the process in advance.
Dissemination of fake news
Anyone who knowingly writes and disseminates falsehoods, misrepresentations or misleading statements can also be excluded from the messenger service.
News &Send false identity
It is not allowed to pretend to be someone else on WhatsApp. Even if the messenger service does not require its users to use real names, as is the case with Facebook, for example, writing under a false identity can lead to a ban.
Hacking or tampering with
WhatsApp uses end-to-end encryption for user security. Trying to change this code or hack the app will result in exclusion.
One advantage of WhatsApp: documents and files can also be sent from computers. However, precisely this advantage also has some disadvantages. People who spread a virus via Messenger, for example, are also mercilessly banned.
Too frequent changing of the phone number
For example, users who use two SIM cards must choose one with WhatsApp. Those who frequently change their own telephone number can at some point be excluded from the verification process.
WhatsApp: how to block users who violate the guidelines
If there are users who harass you with violations of these guidelines or keep receiving negative feedback, you have the option to report them. Because a block only occurs if WhatsApp itself is informed about the rule violations and knows about it.
To do this, click on the three dots in the upper right corner of the screen in the chat with the relevant user, select the “More” tab, click on “Report” and confirm in the next step that the user should really be reported. (nb)