If your phone is rocking the official WhatsApp you’re in the clear, otherwise it may be the time to uninstall that third-party app. Some of these apps, such as WhatsApp+ and WhatsAppMD are quite popular but from now on you’ll probably receive a 24-hour ban for using them if it hasn’t happened already.
According to WhatsApp’s dedicated FAQ section, the company cannot guarantee the source code safety of these unofficial apps, which is why they recommend users to uninstall any third-party client they’re currently using and switch to the official version.
WhatsApp+ managed to gather an impressive Google+ community of more than 700,000 users. The community owner, Dr. Mounib Al Rifai, posted an announcement today recommending users who didn’t receive the ban yet to switch to the official version of the app, until a fix is found.
A few edits later, the announcement says this is in fact the end of both WhatsApp+ and its G+ community, as they are now forced to delete it along with all download links.
“We have received a cease and desist letter from WhatsApp and we are obligated to remove all download links and unfortunately delete this community…
Am really sorry for this but it’s out of our hands and WhatsApp has pushed us into a corner that we can’t escape this time..”
It looks like the developers of WhatsApp+ and other similar apps won’t be able to fix this problem and I highly doubt WhatsApp will change their minds. The third-party clients are not present in GooglePlay so you have to side load the APKs plus they’re using the WhatsApp network without permission. I find the company’s reaction completely normal, although a little late too.