With more than 1.5 billion active users from 180 countries, WhatsApp is easily the most popular messaging app in the world. But in recent years, several modified versions of the original app have also emerged including GBWhatsApp, WhatsApp Plus and FMWhatsApp.
Developed by third-party companies, these altered versions of WhatsApp are aimed at allowing users to add more functionalities and characteristics to their favorite messaging app.
WhatsApp mods are also easily accessible and are free, which is why it’s not surprising that they’ve been as popular as the original app, if not more. But recently, WhatsApp has imposed sanctions against third-party apps that are not authorized by the company. Here’s what we know:
- Facebook-owned WhatsApp is now going after third-party apps like GBWhatsApp, WhatsApp Plus and FMWhatsApp. In a statement released on its official website, the company said: “Unsupported apps, such as WhatsApp Plus and GBWhatsApp, are altered versions of WhatsApp. These unofficial apps are developed by third parties and violate our Terms of Service.
WhatsApp doesn’t support these third-party apps because we can’t validate their security practices.”
- In the effort to protect its more than 1.5 billion active monthly users and maintain its credibility as the biggest chat client in the world, WhatsApp has started imposing “temporary bans” on clients who are using third-party apps.
So if you’re using GBWhatsApp, WhatsApp Plus or FMWhatsApp, you will not be allowed to use the official messaging app temporarily. WhatsApp suggests that you move back to the app when the ban is lifted to avoid any further problems.
- For those who worry about moving their chat history back to the app, WhatsApp has released a guide for users to move back to the official app including steps on migrating chat histories and contacts. This includes renaming the folder where the histories as stored or exporting the chat and re-importing them after switching back to WhatsApp.
WhatsApp explained that more than anything, this move is aimed towards protecting its consumers from malicious activities since a lot of non-app store versions of the app could allow developers to gain access to personal information like messages, photos and phone numbers.
Although some users who love the extra features offered by GBWhatsApp, WhatsApp Plus and FMWhatsApp would be upset about this ban, WhatsApp points out that it’s for the best interest of its growing clientele. Being the most popular messaging service in the world, it cannot afford to put its customers at risk for viruses, malware and other dangers that are usually found in unsanctioned apps.