If a user does not behave according to the given WhatsApp rules, other users can report them using the “Report” function in every chat. TECHNOLOGY BUTTON explains briefly and succinctly what users should pay attention to in order to avoid an account lock.
1. Calls for violence
Aggressive behavior such as threatening, harassing, intimidating and otherwise hateful content are absolute no-go’s with the messenger app. WhatsApp threatens to react severely to the “glorification of violence and crime”.
2. Malicious rumors, slander and fake news
As inadmissible as fake news, defamation and “the publication of untruths, misrepresentations or misleading statements” are also punished. So do not pass on such information unchecked.
3. Insults are not permitted
No content may be created that is “obscene, offensive, […] racially or ethnically objectionable in any way, or incites or encourages behavior that would be illegal or otherwise inappropriate […].”
4. Sending chain letters is prohibited
Hardly any WhatsApp user should expect it: Copying and forwarding “impermissible messages such as mass messages” or chain letters is illegal and strictly forbidden on WhatsApp. Anyone who ignores this is liable to prosecution. WhatsApp has introduced a forwarding block for this .
5. Against identity theft
Assuming someone else’s identity is not allowed on WhatsApp. Each user can create a name for his profile, which his contacts can see. The use of a real name is not mandatory.
6. Minimum age 16 on WhatsApp
EU citizens must be at least 16 years old to use the service. Some EU countries specify their own age. In countries outside the European Union, the minimum age is only 13 years. Germany, however, is one of the EU countries with a 16-year rule.
7. Only send your own photos
The “right to intellectual property or other property rights” is sensitive and must not be violated. Accordingly, you can only send photos that have been produced yourself.
8. Spread malware
On the other hand, it is relatively obvious that WhatsApp immediately punishes and blocks the accounts of users who bring viruses and malware into circulation . This could be the case as soon as messages are sent and these attachments contain viruses. Even if you only forward these files (photos, videos, documents, etc.) and not create them yourself.