New Delhi: Whatsapp users can now file a complaint with the Department of Telecom (DoT) against offensive messages. All the person needs to do is provide a screenshot of the message along with the phone number of the accused, via email at

“If anyone is receiving abusive/offensive/death threats/ vulgar whatsapp messages, please send screenshots of the message along with the mobile numbers at We will take it up with the telecom operators and police heads for necessary action,” DoT Controller Communications Ashish Joshi tweeted.

This move by the messaging platform comes in the wake of many public figures, including journalists, complaining of receiving abusive and threatening messages.

The DoT, in an order on February 19, had said that licence conditions bar carriage of objectionable, obscene or unauthorised content in any form on the network. The order directed all telecom service providers to take immediate action against their customers for sending such messages as it is also a violation of customer declaration in the customer application form.