WhatsApp cracks down on people using unofficial clients

Control: THEY HAS IT. Remember when Twitter dropped support for non-Twitter-owned Twitter clients? Yeah, when Facebook does it to the most popular messaging app in the world, it’s the exact opposite of a good thing. They want you walking nicely through the maze they have built for you, and no going over the wall.

Gigaom

WhatsApp, the dominant Facebook-owned messaging app with hundreds of millions of daily users, is banning users from its service for 24 hours because they were caught sending and receiving messages on an unofficial client that wasn’t made by WhatsApp.

Many users afflicted by the ban were using Whatsapp+, one of the most popular third-party WhatsApp clients for Android phones. Android Police noted that people using another WhatsApp alternative, WhatsappMD, are also reporting being banned.

Last weekend, some tech-focused websites in India mistakenly reported that WhatsApp+ was actually going to be the new WhatsApp app, for some reason — perhaps because its support for themes and emoji can be seen as improvements over the standard client. In a statement posted to its FAQ page, WhatsApp explained why it banned certain Whatsapp+ users:

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…

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