WhatsApp, owned by Facebook, recently issued a warning to users of GB WhatsApp, a cloned app that is quickly gaining audiences.
He said users may face permanent messaging platform crash if continued use persists.
In this piece, The punch highlights the features, risks, and other things you need to know about the app.
What is GB WhatsApp?
GB WhatsApp is an app that looks like WhatsApp owned by Facebook, but contains additional features that are not found in the original app.
GB WhatsApp, alongside other cloned versions of WhatsApp, claims to offer more privacy options and other perks than the main app.
Features of GB WhatsApp
* Ability to read receipts from specific contacts
* Allows longer group names up to 35 characters
* Ability to view stories after 24 hours
* Extension of the mailing list from 250 to 600 real users
* Ability to view deleted messages
* Ability to automatically reply to individual messages
Note that these features may differ depending on the version of GB WhatsApp downloaded.
How to download GB WhatsApp
As an unofficial app, GB WhatsApp is not available for download from Google Playstore, nor any approved Android app store.
Users download this app for unsolicited platforms and APK download websites which may not be safe.
Risks associated with GB WhatsApp
Some download websites may contain viruses that could affect the mobile device and put your smartphone at greater risk.
Additionally, the app is not from a trusted source and may contain hidden flags that may disturb user privacy.
WhatsApp has warned that if users fail to switch to their official WhatsApp account, they may be suspended or blocked from using the app.
Apart from the permanent block threat, Whatsapp also warned that these cloned apps also violate security practices.