WhatsApp messaging app with over a billion installs is sending out another warning for those using the unofficial version of its app called GB WhatsApp or any other third-party WhatsApp.
The Facebook-owned company issued the warning on its website after an unsupported Android app claiming to unlock some new WhatsApp messaging features went viral at the end of last month.
The app goes by the name of ‘GB WhatsApp’ and boasts of giving users the ability to send more pictures at once and reply with auto-responses such as ‘In a meeting’.
It also claims to allow you to hide read receipts while still being able to see others’ read status, along with other benefits.
The lookalike app links to your WhatsApp account, unlocking these features not yet available in the official version of WhatsApp. One of the major reasons that make GB WhatsApp gain a lot of traction among users is because of its endless features not available on the original WhatsApp.
However, WhatsApp has warned that you’ll initially be suspended from WhatsApp and, if you fail to switch to your official WhatsApp account, you could be banned altogether, losing access to the most popular on the planet.
“If you received an in-app message stating your account is ‘Temporarily banned’ this means that you’re likely using an unsupported version of WhatsApp instead of the official WhatsApp app,” the Facebook-owned firm said in an update to its small-print on its website.
“If you don’t switch to the official app after being temporarily banned, your account might be permanently banned from using WhatsApp.”