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Is your WhatsApp dangerous? Millions are using ‘hacked’ apps – check your version now

MILLIONS of people worldwide risk being banned from WhatsApp for using unofficial versions of the chat app that offer additional features.

Users of apps like GB WhatsApp and WhatsApp Delta – third-party knockoffs – are breaking the rules of the original service.

You could be hit with a WhatsApp ban if you use an unofficial version of the chat app

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You could be hit with a WhatsApp ban if you use an unofficial version of the chat appCredit: EPA

What are WhatsApp clones?

WhatsApp users who log in using “cloned” versions of the app will be banned – and in some cases may lose their chat history forever.

It is part of a crackdown on rogue third-party versions of the app, which are very popular but violate the company’s rules.

The Android apps often share many of the traits of their namesake, but with a number of additional features.

They may offer the ability to auto-reply, send more photos, or hide read receipts, in addition to other perks not available in the “real” app.

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The clones are often created by anonymous developers, but are not available on Android’s Google Play Store and must instead be downloaded via a website.

WhatsApp has strict rules against using WhatsApp clones.

What is the WhatsApp policy on cloning?

In a recent update to its website, WhatsApp emphasized that third-party WhatsApp impersonators are blocked under its Terms of Service.

Those who use them will face a permanent ban from WhatsApp unless they switch to the official version of the app.

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“If you received an in-app message stating that your account is ‘temporarily suspended’, it means you are probably using an unsupported version of WhatsApp instead of the official WhatsApp app,” the US company said .

“Failing to switch to the official app after a temporary suspension may result in your account being permanently banned from using WhatsApp.”

Why are WhatsApp clones banned?

The Facebook-owned chat app said third-party apps linked to WhatsApp are banned due to security concerns.

“Unsupported apps like WhatsApp Plus, GB WhatsApp or apps that claim to move your WhatsApp chats between phones are modified versions of WhatsApp”, WhatsApp said.

“These unofficial apps are developed by third parties and violate our Terms of Service.

“WhatsApp does not endorse these third-party apps because we cannot validate their security practices.”

In order to switch to the official version of WhatsApp, you may need to backup your chat history first.

You can do this by following the guidelines on the WhatsApp website, here.

Unofficial third-party apps are banned by WhatsApp

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