WhatsApp is the most popular and used messaging platform across the world. In India, the Facebook-owned messaging platform has millions of WhatsApp users. Recently, WhatsApp limited the forward features to just five users at a single time. Now the instant messaging platform is looking to solve another issue. It is the download of a third-party version of WhatsApp. Yes, several users use the third party version of WhatsApp instead of the official version these days.
WhatsApp is trying to combat this issue by banning users who are running a modded version of the application. Some media reports suggest that the Facebook-owned instant messaging platform are temporarily banning users who are running on modified versions of WhatsApp. Reportedly the banned users will be able to reclaim their chat histories and account only by deactivating their account on the unofficial version of the app and downloading the official app version of WhatsApp.
Are You Banned on WhatsApp?
In the past, several media reports have suggested that some unofficial versions of the WhatsApp app are available on the app store for download and several users actually installing it. Users are attracted to these third-party apps of WhatsApp more because of the additional and exciting features that these apps offer which are not available in the official version of the application.
However, while these third-party WhatsApp apps offer several attractive features, they are a severe threat to user’s privacy and data. These unofficial WhatsApp apps compromise factors of privacy and data security. To combat this issue and enable users to avoid using these third party WhatsApp apps the messaging platform is displaying a message to the users using such malicious apps that notes that a user has been temporarily banned from using WhatsApp. It further notes that the user can only be able to use WhatsApp's services only after downloading the official version of the application.
It is however not very clear if downloading the official version of the WhatsApp will restore the chat history, or the certain user will need to start afresh. Notably, of late WhatsApp has updated its platform with several features to make the chatting experience interactive than ever before. WhatsApp has introduced several features like group invitation restrictions, easy file sharing, new options to WhatsApp status, group video calls, new stickers and so much more.