WhatsApp maintains its particular crusade against unofficial applications of the messaging service, such as WhatsApp Plus or GBWhatsApp.
In an update to its service policies, the company has reflected its decision to suspend the accounts of those who use these types of applications.
It is not the first time that the company updates its service usage policies to include the reasons why an app user could be left without their account. This time, the company has decided to make its position on unofficial WhatsApp apps even clearer.
Beware of WhatsApp Plus or GBWhatsApp: Your account may be deleted
As the company specifies on its support website, those who are using an unofficial WhatsApp application may receive a notice that the account has been temporarily suspended. If they choose to ignore the notice and continue using the unofficial app, WhatsApp may suspend the account permanently.
Among these apps, WhatsApp includes WhatsApp Plus and GBWhatsApp, and says of them that they are “altered versions of WhatsApp”, which “violate the terms of service”. Therefore, WhatsApp does not endorse the use of these third-party apps.
In addition to that, the company indicates the steps to follow to stop using such third-party apps and switch to using the official version of WhatsApp. The first step is to download the official version of WhatsApp. Subsequently, it is recommended to make a backup copy of the conversations, so that later they can be imported into the official version of the application.
What to do if your account has been suspended for using an unofficial version?
At the time, we already reviewed what steps to follow in case WhatsApp has suspended our account, for whatever reason, to recover it if possible.
However, it does not hurt to remember that the company offers a support email address, to which we can send an email including our phone number with our corresponding prefix the device model from which the application is used, and the reasons why it is thought that our account should be restored.