WhatsApp Banning Users For Using Third Party WhatsApp Clients
Whatsapp, since its arrival on the scene, has beaten almost every single app of the same sort out there affecting service providing companies in a big way. The usage of the app doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon as the creators behind the awesome app have announced that the platform will now be accessible on the web as well.
It’s all good for the app, but some of the users have been reporting on social media platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook, that they’ve been banned from the WhatsApp for 24 hours. This ban seems to be applied to the users who have been using other third party WhatsApp clients on Android — one of the most commonly used is the WhatsApp Plus.
WhatsApp is only one official client, but as is that case with most of the mobile related apps, there are a ton of clones available on the store. The worst part is that there is just no way for the original creators to do something about it as other apps get released with the different names, but their overall purpose and the way they work are quite similar to the original.
This not only affects the reputation of the original client, but anyone having a bad experience with the clone app, will bad mouth the original one.
Banning people for using the clone app seems to be the right thing to do as the users get to know that they are doing something wrong. The ban, however, is not that long; it will only take the service away from the users for a period of 24 hours, but this can be avoided if the users decide to ditch the third party apps, and stick with the original one.
The company is justifying their actions under the premise of protecting user safety:
WhatsApp Plus is an application that was not developed by WhatsApp, nor is it authorized by WhatsApp. The developers of WhatsApp Plus have no relationship to WhatsApp, and we do not support WhatsApp Plus. Please be aware that WhatsApp Plus contains source code which WhatsApp cannot guarantee as safe and that your private information is potentially being passed to 3rd parties without your knowledge or authorization.
Please uninstall your application and install an authorized version of WhatsApp from our website or Google Play. Then, you will be able to use WhatsApp.
Mostly, users were inclined to use the third party apps because WhatsApp in its original form was not present on the PCs, and this was a huge gap, but now that the creators have announced the PC version of WhatsApp, I am sure that the people will go back to using the original app for their mobile phones, so that they can avoid the ban hammer which takes the service away from them.
If you have faced this ban, then now is the time to move on to the original app to avoid any more instances like that.
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