January 21, 2015
WhatsApp is enforcing a one-day ban for any of its users attempting to access its app through WhatsApp Plus, an unauthorized Android app.
The messaging service said its actions against users of WhatsApp Plus was actually a move to safeguard them from having their private information accessed.
The Facebook-owned app posted the following message in its FAQ section:
WhatsApp Plus is an application that was not developed by WhatsApp, nor is it authorized by WhatsApp. The developers of WhatsApp Plus have no relationship to WhatsApp, and we do not support WhatsApp Plus. Please be aware that WhatsApp Plus contains source code which WhatsApp cannot guarantee as safe and that your private information is potentially being passed to 3rd parties without your knowledge or authorization.
Please uninstall your application and install an authorized version of WhatsApp from our website or Google Play. Then, you will be able to use WhatsApp.
WhatsApp currently has more than 700 million monthly active users sending more than 30 billion messages a day. Usage of the app has skyrocketed since last spring — up about 300 million users.
In fact, it’s user growth in the five years since its launch has easily surpassed that of Facebook, Gmail, Twitter and Skype — all of which are extremely popular Internet services or networks.