WhatsApp is PERMANENTLY banning users in groups with a suspicious name

If you do not want to get banned from WhatsApp, then don’t be part of a group that has a “suspicious” name. Over the past few weeks, there have been reports of users getting banned from WhatsApp permanently. However, investigations revealed that these users could have been banned from the messaging platform because they were part of a group that has a “malicious” name.


One of the earliest reports is from a Reddit user, Mowe11. According to him, a participant of his university’s group changed the group name to something illegal. After that, it didn’t take long for WhatsApp to ban the entire group. According to the user, WhatsApp did not just ban the group, it also banned all the members from using the messaging platform.

Another  Reddit, FranciscoAlfaro, claims that his school group has about 100 participants. However, he woke up one morning and there was a permanent ban on all members. WhatsApp did not leave a reason for their ban.

Another report from PiTiXX, says that after his friend changed the group subject name to something malicious, all accounts that belong to the group were suspended. Furthermore, a report from Twitter said that she got banned for being in a group with “some illegal” name. In fact, she had to use another number to get access to WhatsApp.

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WhatsApp Response

When users contacted WhatsApp to get the reason(s) for the ban, they got an automatic reply which says that they violated their Terms of Service. This means that if you are wrongly banned, there is absolutely nothing you can do and WhatsApp won’t offer any assistance.

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Unfortunately, we do not know how WhatsApp detects groups with “suspicious” names. However, it appears to affect old groups with a lot of participants. That is if the group has a malicious name. Even if a member of the group changes the group name to a suspicious name, all participants get the ban.

This means that if you decide to be mischievous with your school’s WhatsApp group just for fun, you could get all the participants banned.

GizChina’s Recommendation

WhatsApp’s chats and calls are end-to-end encrypted thus they cannot see the content of the group. However, it sees the metadata (group date creation, group subject, group description, etc..). If you are a group admin, do not frequently temper with your group’s metadata. In addition, use the new Group Info Restriction feature, so only the admin will be able to change the group info.

If you have had this experience, feel free to share with us on the comment section


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  1. TopNegro
    November 11, 2019

    Oh boy…my WhatsApp number is SO important to me. Can’t afford to get banned on this contact. Thanks GizChina for the info. Seems this has happened to loads of folks

  2. Kimmie Varley
    November 11, 2019

    Nice to know we’re being protected in this manner. About time! Thank you ever so much.

  3. Devidutta Sivasish Mohapatra
    November 11, 2019


  4. its Jdak
    November 11, 2019

    Wait…. So certain words are illegal now?

  5. Michael Alford
    November 12, 2019

    What is a What’s App. On second t&ought I dont care, and I’m not likely to start caring. Was just curious how the Gestapo had got control of an app

  6. Ahmad Masri
    November 12, 2019

    They banned my account, although I was just contacting my family, my friends and my employees ((( without any single illegal or misbehaving word)))
    They don’t have the right to do that without any reason. Knowing that they cost me a loss of about 15,000 usd for this ban.

  7. Ibrar Ud Din
    November 12, 2019

    Same problem I am facing when I woke up in the morning my WhatsApp showed banned, I don’t know what is going on with me,
    My WhatsApp account is banned now