WhatsApp, the mobile messaging service, is making things more difficult for customers who access it using third-party apps, the technology website TechCrunch reported.
While the official app is the most popular way to access the service, alternatives have also been available for some time.
WhatsApp has begun banning these apps and temporarily blocking users found to be using them.
One of the third-party apps, WhatsApp Plus, says it received a “cease and desist” order from WhatsApp and will be shutting down its service as a result.
Users of another firm’s app, WhatsAppMD, are reportedly also being banned for 24 hours from WhatsApp’s service.
Facebook-owned WhatsApp said in a statement: “Our goal is always to keep WhatsApp fast and secure for the people who use it – it’s the most important thing we do. Third parties that have built unauthorized functionality on top of WhatsApp create issues for people including lost messages.”
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