WhatsApp Says WhatsApp Plus Users Will Face Temporary Bans, Not Permanent

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A few days WhatsApp began banning those users who had been using third party applications like WhatsApp+. The messaging app stated privacy concerns for the ban. WhatsApp has come out and said that the move is just temporary, and users can follow some easy steps to start using their service again.

The bans were handed down for a 24 hour period. Users could uninstall the third party app and install a fresh version of the official app from the app store, and they would be re-instated back. But recently a Google+ post saying that Whatsapp is starting a Permanent Account Disable purge caused a lot of concerns amongst the users.

WhatsApp has come out to clear the air. Earlier, WhatsApp used to ban the third party app users for a period of 24 hours, and the message showed up with a countdown clock, but now it’s extended indefinitely and the countdown clock has been removed. The company said that the third party app users will be unblocked only after they have uninstalled the third party app. They are not permanently banned from the service.

WhatsApp had claimed piracy and security concerns for the ban. It cited the case of Snapchat where users’ personal content were hacked in through third party app. So if you want to use the official WhatsApp app, you would have to delete WhatsApp+, WhatsApp Reborn, OgWhatsapp or any other third-party client from your smartphone.

This feels like a case of arm-twisting by the messaging giant, but it sure is needed to increase security. There is accountability with the official app, but there is none with third party apps. It’s better to take the safer approach than trade your personal information for a few new emoticons on a third party app. WhatsApp is anyways introducing features such as voice calling soon, so you would be better off sticking with the official WhatsApp.

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  • uk
    March 7, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    WhatsApp should acquire them instead banning them & incorporate at-least some of the features.

  • Cursewords
    March 7, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    For only a few new emoticons? Are you fucking retarded? Whatsapp+ and Whatsapp Reborn are EXACTLY what Whatsapp SHOULD BE.

    *Full resolution picture sending and allows TWICE the video size to be sent.

    *Instant retrieval of images from Google, within the app.

    *FULL customisation of the entire app interface.

    *The ability to truly block read receipts and a bunch of other privacy fixes.

    *Toast notifications when someone comes online.

    *Uninterrupted audio clips, more (better) emotions, custom backgrounds for EVERY contact.

    *And so much more.

    Whatsapp+ and Whatsapp Reborn make using an otherwise completely a shitty, underwhelming, monopolised message client actually worthwhile. I wouldn’t even use it otherwise… Oh and by the way, Whatsapp Reborn has gotten every single update so far so that the original app has gotten. It even supports Browser messaging like the official client. So no, there’s no point to stick with the original when Whatsapp Reborn is only a few days behind getting the same features working + all the other ones that the app already comes with.

    Your article is nothing but a piece of shit smear campaign against the developers who work their asses off for practically no profit, to clean up Facebook’s negligence and lack of respect to its users. Heck the developers of Whatsapp+ and Whatsapp Reborn still allow Facebook to get paid by their users for subscriptions to the service! They aren’t even preventing Facebook from getting paid!

    No the problem here is that Facebook knows Whatsapp+ and Whatsapp Reborn are just so much better than their lousy app and they know that everyone would swap eventually, if only they knew what they were missing out on.

    The developers of both Whatsapp+ and Whatsapp Reborn aren’t interested in interfering with people’s personal data and their privacy. And for Facebook to BAN people over such ‘concerns’ is fucking laughable. They steal and sell more private user data than any other corporation on earth. Can you say ‘hypocrite’?

    I understand a company’s right to take action against and prevent spin-offs and manipulation or copying of their code or service in a way that they didn’t intend. But this whole article is a fucking joke, and it is neither informative, accurate or even relevant.

    My advice. Download Whatsapp Reborn, and never ever look back. Facebook has stated here you won’t get a permanent ban if something happens and they do ban you in the future. So download the app, never look back. Force these idiots from Facebook to build an even better app with even half of the features that Whatsapp Reborn has. Facebook still gets their money, they just don’t get your info. That’s why they’re crying about it. No other reason.

    God I’ve never read so much crap in my life.

    • Jawad Muaathen
      March 7, 2015 at 10:11 pm


    • corb06
      March 8, 2015 at 3:18 pm

      Very good summary. I have no idea why Whatsapp is downgrading the picture quality so much when 90% of the users sit on high end phones with high res screens and 4g LTE internet connection. Picture quality and video should be top notch 100% size.
      Its 2015 now, not 2007.

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