With the expansion of Internet and social networks in the last decade, people are exposed to new ways of bullying and harassment. Although instant messaging services like WhatsApp help us stay closer to our loved ones, it can also be misused by malicious people.
The cyberbullying It has taken a lot of force in recent years around the world, something that affects from children to adults. But what measures has the mobile application taken to prevent this type of harassment?
In the next note, we will tell you a little more about the options you have WhatsApp to report users or groups in case of being a victim of harassment.
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WhatsApp: how to report a contact or group?
To report the behavior of a contact or group, either for harassment or advertising that you do not want to receive, you just have to follow the following steps:
- After receiving the message from a user of WhatsAppwe must open the conversation with him and click on his name
- Once inside the ‘Contact information’ screen, we must go to the bottom of it and select the option ‘Report contact’
- When doing this, the application sends us a warning message explaining that it will check the abusive behavior with the last 5 messages that the contact has sent. When this operation is carried out, said person will not receive any notification from WhatsApp.
What happens to the reported user?
In the event that the application detects that the reported user did not comply with any of the rules, their account would be suspended. However, it is noted that, in the event of breaching the conditions of service, action will not always be taken against the person in question.
Because of this, the most feasible option to avoid account harassment is to select ‘Report and block’, since messages from that contact will no longer be received.
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Report specific messages
Although WhatsApp took into consideration the 5 last messages sent by the user In question, other Internet users wanted to have the option that allows them to report some individually and that they have been received previously.
In relation to this, the application implemented an alternative with which you can forward messages directly to technical support. To do this, all you have to do is press and hold the text you want to report, then select ‘Report’. In this way, a report on your case will be sent to those in charge of this messaging service.
What is cyberbullying?
The cyberbullying, also known as cyberbullying, is characterized by the harassment that is given by one person to another. This practice does not occur just once and can include various forms of insults, ridicule, discrimination, threats, among others. In addition, the persecution that is carried out on the user is sometimes presented through various means found on the Internet.