Sometimes you get the impression that there are no rules on WhatsApp and everyone can do whatever they want there. But the exact opposite is the case. We tell you 9 rules that you should never break on WhatsApp. In the worst case, your account will be blocked and you will no longer be able to use the messenger.
WhatsApp Rules You Shouldn’t Break
- Insulting users
You may not insult, threaten, harass other users or make or share racist or ethnically offensive statements.
- Call for violence
WhatsApp may not be used to call for violence, illegal or otherwise inappropriate actions. This also applies to the sharing of content with violent crimes.
- Fake News
The messenger may not be used to spread fake news with deliberate untruths, misrepresentations or misleading statements.
- Send spam
Users of WhatsApp are not allowed to spread “messages such as mass messages”. The use of “auto-messaging” or “auto-dialing” is also prohibited. Messages or calls that were previously recorded and automatically sent at a certain time are therefore not allowed. Only if you have a permission from WhatsApp, there is an exception.
- Feigning another identity
There is no clear name requirement for WhatsApp. Users can only be identified by phone number. The name can be chosen freely. Here you must not pretend to be another person. Nicknames are allowed.
- Distributing malware
Files can also be sent via WhatsApp. Accordingly, you may not use the messenger to distribute viruses or other malware.
- Spying on users
You are not allowed to spy on users via WhatsApp. No information may be obtained from or about users in an inadmissible or unauthorized manner.
- Changing the mobile number too often
WhatsApp is tied to a mobile number. There is no account where you log in with a username and password. If you change the mobile number too often, then you can be excluded from the verification process by WhatsApp at some point.
- Hacking WhatsApp or manipulating code
Anyone who tries to hack the messenger or manipulate the code in any way will also be blocked immediately.
What you can do on WhatsApp, we’ll tell you in Video:
You have to report WhatsApp violations yourself
WhatsApp only tracks violations if users report misconduct. Since the messages are end-to-end encrypted, you have to take action yourself if you notice problems. Only then can WhatsApp do something about it.