Billions of WhatsApp users could be confronted with a block by the popular chat app. The messaging platform – the world’s most popular – warned when an unofficial version of WhatsApp went viral on social media late last month.
Called GB WhatsApp, this Android application was designed to share enough features with its namesake that smartphone owners could assume it was developed by the official team. However, “GB WhatsApp” has nothing to do with the original chat app. Instead, this Android app promises a number of features not found in WhatsApp, including the ability to automatically reply to text messages, such as being able to see the reading status of others, and a number of other benefits that come in the official messaging app are not available.
The Lookalike app is linked to your WhatsApp account and enables these functions that are not yet available in the official version of WhatsApp.
And it is these unprecedented functions that have made it possible for “GB WhatsApp” to gain popularity with fans worldwide. But while it may be tempting to download the app and install it on your Android phone to get access to these features, you really need to be sure that you want these extra tricks.
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“If you’ve received an in-app message that says your account is ‘temporarily suspended’, it means that you are likely using an unsupported version of WhatsApp instead of the official WhatsApp app,” said the company-owned company from Facebook. “If you don’t switch to the official app after being temporarily banned, your account may be permanently banned from using WhatsApp.”
The cloning of apps that are linked to your WhatsApp account in order to provide new functions that are not supported in the original Facebook app is prohibited. According to WhatsApp, this policy is intended to protect users from security concerns.
“GB WhatsApp” is not available in the Google Play Store. Instead, Android smartphone owners have to search online for “GB WhatsApp” from unofficial app repositories. You will also need to disable some of the security features that are enabled by default on Android in order to download them from the internet.