WhatsApp warns that it will “temporarily close” accounts if users do not use the official app. The accounts will be released again if the regular version is used.
In addition to the official WhatsApp app, users can also download apps from third parties on their phones, such as WhatsApp Plus and GB WhatsApp. These apps offer an alternative version of the chat service, but are not supported by WhatsApp.
WhatsApp allows users to warn if they use an unofficial app. They will then be notified that their account has been ‘temporarily closed’.
The service wants to refuse the use of apps from third parties because “their security measures can not be validated”. Or because WhatsApp can’t spy on them for themself. It is unknown how many accounts are involved.