The Indian IT Ministry on Thursday wrote to WhatsApp over a recent report claiming the platform is being used to share child sexual abuse videos. The ministry asked WhatsApp to take steps to prevent such misuse on the platform.
In response to PTI’s e-mail query, WhatsApp forwarded a link to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that stated that the platform has a zero-tolerance policy around child sexual abuse.
"We ban users from WhatsApp if we become aware they are sharing content that exploits or endangers children... WhatsApp employs a dedicated team that includes experts in law enforcement, online safety policy, and investigations to oversee these efforts," it said.
Over the last three months, WhatsApp has banned about 250,000 accounts each month globally suspected of sharing child exploitative imagery, the site said.
The ministry's latest move came following a report that an investigation conducted by Cyber Peace Foundation allegedly found that chat groups on WhatsApp continue to be created and used to disseminate and share Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) in India.