In an unexpected move, WhatsApp has issued a warning to users around the world about an extremely popular app that unlocks new WhatsApp messaging features. But these additional tricks can cost a lot. Billions of WhatsApp users may face a ban from the popular chat application. The popular messaging platform issued the warning when an unofficial version of WhatsApp went viral on social media at the end of last month.
This Android application called GB WhatsApp is designed to offer features such as automatic replies to messages, the ability to retrieve deleted messages, and a number of other features that are not yet available in the official version of WhatsApp. The software was designed to be similar enough in name to the original app that smartphone owners assumed was developed by the official team. However, GB WhatsApp has nothing to do with the original chat app.
And it is these unprecedented features that have allowed GB WhatsApp to gain traction among fans all over the world. But while it might be tempting to download and install the app on your Android phone to access these features... you'll need to really make sure you like those extra tricks.
This is because WhatsApp has warned that users will be banned from the messaging app if they download unofficial third-party software, such as GB WhatsApp. The Facebook-owned company confirmed that fake apps are prohibited under its terms of service.
The company said: “If you receive an in-app message that your account is temporarily banned, it means that you are most likely using an unsupported version of WhatsApp instead of the official WhatsApp application. If you do not switch to the official app after being temporarily banned, your account may be permanently banned from using WhatsApp.”
Duplicating applications linked to your WhatsApp account to provide new capabilities not supported in the original Facebook-owned application is prohibited. According to WhatsApp, this policy is designed to protect users from security concerns.
WhatsApp said, Unsupported applications, such as WhatsApp Plus or GB WhatsApp, or applications that claim to transfer WhatsApp conversations between phones, are modified versions of WhatsApp. These unofficial apps are developed by third parties and violate our Terms of Service. WhatsApp does not support these third-party apps because we cannot validate their security practices.
It is noteworthy that GB WhatsApp is not available now on the Google Play Store. Instead, Android smartphone owners have to search for GB WhatsApp in unofficial online app stores. You will also need to disable some safeguards that are turned on by default on Android for web downloads.