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WhatsApp GB users unease as it emerges they risk being banned

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WhatsApp GB users are not at ease following news that using the popular third-party mod of official WhatsApp by Facebook may get them banned.

WhatsApp uses machine learning to determine which users are on the WhatsApp GB and other similar copycat platforms so that they can be banned.

For months, social media users have installed and used GB WhatsApp, a somewhat sinister version of Facebook messaging app, WhatsApp.

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However, recent reports claim that users of the notorious app are at risk of losing their WhatsApp access.

WhatsApp GB defined

According to The Times of India, WhatsApp GB is a popular third-party mod of the official WhatsApp for Android, that unethically overrides features of the official app.

Breaches to offical WhatsApp users’ privacy

  • GB application can download content from someone’s status,
  • reply to status messages long after they have expired,
  • auto-reply messages
  • send more pictures than the WhatsApp limit currently allows and filter messages,
  • send files larger than the WhatsApp limit
  • view deleted messages
  • reply to deleted messages long after they have been deleted
  • message a number which is not saved on the user’s device

Essentially, it allows users of the mod to contact WhatsApp users in sinister ways that they do not want to be contacted.

WhatsApp GB isn’t even the only mod on the market, according to the publication, it is just the most popular.

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Can you be banned for using WhatsApp GB?

According to the publication, yes, using WhatsApp GB can get you banned from the official WhatsApp platform.

An entry on the official WhatsApp website explains that this is part of a crackdown by Facebook that prevents 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,” warns the platform.

“Unsupported apps, such as WhatsApp Plus, GB WhatsApp, or apps that claim to move your WhatsApp chats between phones, are altered versions of WhatsApp. These unofficial apps are developed by third parties and violate our terms of service.”

WhatsApp explained that it did not support these third-party apps because they could not validate their security practices.

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News of the ban immediately sent panic amongst social media users who have developed a love for the platform.

As usual, Twitter users joked about the invasive nature of GB features.


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