Whatsapp has issued a warning to users who download clone apps like GB Whatsapp and Whatsapp plus, threatening to permanently block them if they don’t switch to the official app.
In the last few days, GB Whatsapp has gained immense traction on the Internet under the tags “WhatsAppGB” and “GBWhatsApp” as users share their experiences and jokes about the benefits of using the clone app over the official app.
The most popular mod, GB WhatsApp, has more active users in Africa than Facebook itself. In fact, Caribou Data’s analysis of 230 million distinct app sessions in Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa shows that three of Africa’s largest mobile internet markets showed GB WhatsApp was the second most used social messaging app only behind WhatsApp’s official version.
GB WhatsApp allows its users to manage multiple accounts from a single device, to send larger file attachments, to form larger groups, and to mask when they’re using the app so that other users can’t see that they’re active. The origin of GB WhatsApp’s is still a mystery, but it appears that it was first created in Syria at the height of the conflict there, further highlighting how different the lives of users can be from the people who make the tools they depend on.
WhatsApp, which is the most popular app in much of Africa has always warned users against using a modified version of its app.
“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 you don’t switch to the official app after being temporarily banned, your account might be permanently banned from using WhatsApp.”read a statement update.
In 2019, WhatsApp banned many accounts that were running the GB WhatsApp mod. The ban was only temporary but was used as a warning for users to switch to the original, or else get banned from WhatsApp permanently.
Afritechpost encourages users that, no matter how appealing the app is, it is merely a third-party app and is therefore extremely unsafe to use. By downloading such apps, you not only compromise your security, the content in your phone (potential leaking of your information, images, and videos) but also end up losing access to WhatsApp, forever.