WhatsApp is a communication tool that millions of people use every day. The most common way is to use the messaging platform to communicate normally, without any problems occurring with other users. However, if you ever find yourself in a dangerous or suspicious situation, you can report messages and contacts on WhatsApp as a protection measure.
Reporting is a very useful function of the messaging network, but also very unknown to many users. To end this ignorance, in this guide we explain everything you need to know about reporting messages and contacts on the platform so you can use this tool when you need it.
WhatsApp: all about reporting messages and contacts
Make your WhatsApp account more secure by reporting messages and contacts that you find dangerous or conflicting, engage in spam or spread false content to trick you. Here is all the information you should know when using this advanced WhatsApp security feature.
How to report a message on WhatsApp
You can send message reports on WhatsApp to contact the platform and investigate its content. As we see on its official website, WhatsApp encourages you to send them a report if you see or receive conflicting content. To report a message on Android you must follow the following steps:
Open WhatsApp and click on it three point button from the upper right corner.
Accede to Adjustments.
Enter the section Help.
Accede to Contact us and describe the problem you want to report in the upper text field. You can add screenshots to provide more information to WhatsApp.
Can WhatsApp see the reported content?
In most cases, WhatsApp cannot see the content you have sent or received in your conversations to guarantee the confidentiality of your messages. This limits their ability to analyze the report and take the necessary measures in this regard.
To solve this problem and be able to study the case as it should, WhatsApp asks you to provide all the detailed information and attach screenshots in which the problem you report is reflected. In this way, the workers of the company will be able to carry out a better investigation of your report.
How to report a contact on WhatsApp
If you receive spam or conflicting content from one of your WhatsApp contacts, you can send a report to the platform about it so that investigate it and take action if necessary. In addition to being able to report a phone number that speaks to you for the first time directly from the chat, you can report to a contact or group following these steps.
Open WhatsApp and enter the conversation of the contact or group you want to send a report on.
Tap the name of the contact or group to access profile information.
Swipe down and click “Report contact” or “Report group”.
What happens when you report a contact?
After reporting a contact following the steps mentioned above, it remains automatically removed from your contact list and blocked from your WhatsApp account. In addition, it will also not be able to find you in its list and will not be able to send you messages in the individual chat, which will remain intact with all the messages that you have exchanged. However, the reported contact will be able to send messages in the groups that you have in common.
On the other hand, after receiving your report from a contact, WhatsApp receives the messages you have exchanged with that number and your most recent interactions to analyze the situation and see what action you should take.
Can the contact know that you have reported their number?
No, the reported contact does not receive any type of notification when you send the report to WhatsApp. On that side you can rest easy, because the contact will also not be able to send you messages or call you through the messaging platform.
Will that account be suspended on WhatsApp after the report?
WhatsApp clarifies on its website that it can suspend any account that does not comply with its Terms of Service, even without any notification. However, if we continue reading we can see that this this is not always the case, even if the user does not respect the rules of the platform. This is how WhatsApp explains it:
“Please note that even if we receive reports of conduct that violates our Terms of Service, we do not always suspend the account or take action against the user in question.”
The procedure followed by WhatsApp is to add the contact you report to a watch list. Until they receive more reports on the same number, they do not analyze the reported content. If the investigation concludes and the contact is guilty, your account will be suspended for 24 hours. The user receives a notification about what has happened, but at no time is he informed about who has reported him, as we have explained in previous paragraphs.
After those 24 hours, the user can continue using their WhatsApp account. However, if it is reported again, you may face a permanent suspension of your account.
Therefore, we understand that the suspension of WhatsApp accounts is a real measure, but that it is not always carried out with reported users. It is an action that the company normally executes with those contacts or phone numbers that are reported in bulk.
How to undo message or contact reports
Unfortunately, reports of messages, contacts or telephone numbers cannot be undone on WhatsApp. If you made a mistake doing it, you can unblock the contact and continue talking with him normally. Also, as we have recently seen, nothing will happen to you if your account or message is not reported by a large number of users.
And so far all the information you need to know when reporting messages or contacts on WhatsApp. As we have seen, it is a complete tool that puts you in contact with the platform’s workers to notify them about content and users who are in conflict or who are dedicated to spam and scams. Without further delay, we say goodbye encouraging you to use the sending of WhatsApp reports whenever you need it.
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