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WhatsApp bans users of WhatsApp Plus for being naughty

WhatsApp doesn't like it when you play outside the yard. This is why the world's most popular messaging service is banning users of WhatsApp Plus, an app that takes the WhatsApp core and adds some tweaks and customizations to it. This makes WhatsApp mad, and the punishment for users of the unauthorized version is no WhatsApp for 24 hours. Now, go to your room and think about what you've done.

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If you don't behave yourself you'll get no WhatsApp for 24 hours.© ANDROIDPIT

The punishment for stepping outside the official boundaries of WhatsApp approved activity is no WhatsApp for 24 hours. Users of WhatsApp Plus will find a countdown clock in WhatsApp that will teasingly let you watch the seconds tick by as you wait for your punishment to end. Of course, you are expected to uninstall WhatsApp Plus and renounce its name forever while you're at it. So much for Android being open source and open to customization. Hit the link if you want to see the screenshots from our German reader Luca H, who first brought the ban to our attention. Here's WhatsApp's FAQ on the matter:

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Naughty! Now uninstall, turn around three times, spit and you're forgiven. © WhatsApp

WhatsApp's justification for the temporary ban is that WhatsApp Plus is not endorsed by WhatsApp and contains source code that cannot be guaranteed. You know, because WhatsApp has had such a brilliant track record of keeping your messages and account information safe. In all fairness though, WhatsApp's recent efforts on encryption and security is to be lauded, so if they want to tighten the leash on unauthorized usages of their source code then I guess we can't complain too loudly.

Update: In the WhatsApp Plus community on Google+, the creators of WhatsApp Plus are encouraging users to revert to standard WhatsApp ''until a a fix can be found''...

Are you using WhatsApp Plus? What do you think of this move?


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  • tekf33k3n Jan 21, 2015 Link to comment

    This sounds like the same whiney crap that Twitter did last year by severely limiting tokens to 3rd party apps. Seriously, are they so afraid that their own app might not offer what their users want that they have to pull this garbage? I don't even use WhatsApp and this wouldn't lead me into their camp either. If they feel that WA+ uses unsafe code, then prove it and let the users decide for themselves. That might actually encourage users to go back to the original.

  • Siddharth Jan 21, 2015 Link to comment

    I need to wait for 24 hrs to get back into my WhatsApp. I've been using WhatsApp plus for the past 7 months.

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