WhatsApp is taking an extreme step to curb the use of third-party apps like WhatsApp Plus and GB WhatsApp (modded apps). The instant messenger app has already started to ban users that are using 3rd party applications like GBWhatsApp, WhatsApp Plus and YOWhatsApp on their Android devices.
WhatsApp has requested it’s users not use such third-party Apps as they aren’t developed by it. And such Apps also violates WhatsApp’s Terms of Services and aren’t safe for its users. On its website, WhatsApp said:
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. If this is the case, you must download the official app to continue using WhatsApp.
Unsupported apps, such as WhatsApp Plus and GB WhatsApp, 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.
Why people use GB WhatsApp etc. (modded Apps) and why these apps are being banned
While the company has done a pretty good job of designing the app and adding features, there are plenty of features that are still missing from the app. In an attempt to fill that gap, developers started creating modded versions of WhatsApp that went above and beyond to make sure users get the features that aren’t present in the actual app. Although this worked out in favor of the users, modded apps do pose a significant threat to WhatsApp and to the users as well in terms of privacy and security. That’s why the company has decided to ban these type of apps.