Whatsapp has issued a warning to users who download clone applications, threatening to block them permanently if the practice continues.
The firm released this warning as a clone software dubbed GB WhatsApp is developing a quick following, The Mirror reported on Monday.
Despite the fact that the clone software includes additional capabilities not available on WhatsApp, the facebook-owned business has advised users against using it.
Users who do not switch to their official Whatsapp account risk being suspended or prohibited from accessing the service, according to Whatsapp.
In a recent update, WhatsApp stated, “If you received an in-app notice indicating your account is ‘Temporarily banned,’ this implies you’re likely using an unsupported version of WhatsApp instead of the official WhatsApp app.”
“Your account may be permanently prohibited from accessing WhatsApp if you do not switch to the official app after being temporarily blocked,” it said.
Apart from the possibility of permanent suspension, Whatsapp also cautioned that clone applications breach security standards.
“Applications that promise to move your WhatsApp talks across phones, such as WhatsApp Plus, GB WhatsApp, or apps that claim to transport your WhatsApp chats between phones, are modified versions of WhatsApp.
“These unauthorized apps are created by third parties and are in violation of our ‘Terms of Service’, because we can’t verify their security procedures, WhatsApp doesn’t support certain third-party apps,” the update explained.