WABA Policy Enforcement

If a WhatsApp Business account violates one of the WhatsApp Commerce or Business Policies, it will get warned.

If it is repeated and high-risk, such as adult content, sale of alcohol and tobacco, drugs, gambling, and Unsafe supplements, it may get message restrictions that gradually increase in duration, like:

  • 1 or 3-day block on sending business-initiated messages, and adding additional phone numbers to the account

  • 5 or 7-day block on sending business-initiated messages and responding to customer-initiated messages, and adding additional phone numbers to the account

  • Eventually be permanently disabled from the WhatsApp Business Platform, if the business does not make changes after multiple warnings and feature limits

When there is evidence of a severe policy violation, such as child exploitation, terrorism, or the sale of illegal drugs, WhatsApp immediately disables the Business account from the Business Platform.

All violations can be appealed within 90 days of being received.

Receive violations warnings

In the Partner API

After setting up your webhook, you will receive webhook events for accounts violations and restrictions. See more here.

In the 360 Partner Hub

Violations will be shown in your Partner Hub under each WABA. Both you and the client will receive Hub notifications whenever a warning is triggered.

Understanding Violations

When a business account violates the policy, details can be found in the Account Quality section of Business Manager. To see violations:

  1. Log in to Business Manager. (If you've transitioned to Meta Business Suite, follow the steps listed here to switch to Business Manager.)

  2. Click More > Account Quality > Facebook Business Accounts.

  3. In the WhatsApp Accounts section, click the WhatsApp Business Account that shows “Account Issues” in its Status column:

4. For any individual issue, click See Details to view the policy that was violated and how to avoid this type of violation in the future:

Violation updates include:

  • Summary of policy violated and link to the policy itself.

  • Examples of which content is allowed or disallowed based on that policy.

  • Whether there are any active restrictions on the account and what happens if the violation happens again.

  • How to avoid future policy violations and links to helpful resources.

  • How to appeal.

Enforcement Actions

An account can become restricted or disabled depending on the number and severity of issues. Specific restrictions can be viewed in Account Quality along with information on the next steps and requesting a review for a particular policy issue.

Restricted or disabled accounts can still appeal issues. If issues are reversed following the appeal, the account returns to its previous status.


The business can appeal the violation by requesting a review. The WhatsApp team reviews the case against the appealed violation and decides if the violation needs to be reconsidered. This review may result in WhatsApp reversing the violation.

This is how you request a decision review:

  1. From the Account Quality page, click on the relevant WhatsApp Business Account.

  2. Choose from the list of violations and click Request Review.

  3. A new dialog opens in Business Manager. Enter supporting details and click Submit.

  4. After submission, the request and the issue are moved to the In Review tab.

  5. The appeal review decision will be sent via the Business Manager and typically takes 24 to 48 hours. The appealed violation will either remain Unchanged, or be set as Reversed.

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