It came as disappointing news to GBWhatsApp users a few days ago that their favorite WhatsApp mod shall never receive updates from the official creator Omar. GBWhatsApp has been adopted by many for it’s rich features such as themes, security features to password protect any chat, make auto-responses, but most importantly have the ability to run up to three WhatsApp accounts on a single device.
The act of creating and issuing such modified versions of WhatsApp has always been deemed illegal by WhatsApp Inc., and the company has taken action since 2016 to ban as many users of modified WhatsApp versions, WhatsApp Plus, the first ever modified WhatsApp version being the very first to receive the intended action. WhatsApp Inc sights potential of security vulnerability in many of these WhatsApp mods that could affect WhatsApp users since the people that use these mods are registered WhatsApp users as far as the company’s database indicates.
Even as many were banned, workarounds were provided to allow GBWhatsApp users (Including WhatsApp Plus users) to continue using this mod. Also a bit more context, all the other modified WhatsApp versions like WhatsApp Plus, OGWhatsApp, FMWhatsApp and so on have used GBWhatsApp source code as their code base. This may imply, if GBWhatsApp closes, others may not receive any more updates as well.
“Unsupported apps, such as WhatsApp Plus, GB WhatsApp, or apps that claim to move your WhatsApp chats between phones, are altered versions of WhatsApp. These unofficial apps are developed by third parties and violate our Terms of Service. WhatsApp doesn’t support these third-party apps because we can’t validate their security practices.”
WhatsApp issued a statement quoted above (source) earlier this year warning many users of these WhatsApp mods. Their consistent action has forced the creator of GBWhatsApp to close the project and officially issue a statement on his Twitter accounts to his followers.
للاسف تم ايقاف تطوير برنامج GBWhatsApp لاني تلقيت رسالة اخيرة من شركة الواتساب ، اعتذر منكم جميعا كان وقت جميل جدا💙
*GBWhatsApp Shuts Down*
We are really sorry to announce that we have completely stopped the development of GBWhatsApp.
It was a great time with all you people.
— Omar ‘أتنفس هواك’ (@atnfas_hoak) August 1, 2019
One of his messages was also translated to English warning developers using his GBWhatsApp code to not include his name in credits for providing the code.
Please if anyone wants to continue in editing whatsapp don’t write my name or my app ( GB ), and if anyone do that I will report his website
— Mohammed 🌍 (@ProfMohammedq) August 3, 2019