MESSAGING APPLICATION WhatsApp will issue those using third-party apps with a permanent ban from the service.
According to reports, the firm is now permanently banning those who use third party apps such as WhatsApp Plus and WhatsAppMD, and who have ignored its previous warnings.
This means that, unless you change your SIM card, you will no longer be able to access WhatsApp. Ever.
This comes after the firm issued those using WhatsApp Plus with a 24-hour ban, due to fears that data could be leaked to third parties.
A report at the BBC said that WhatsApp will enforce a 24-hour ban on those using WhatsApp Plus, citing a violation of its terms and conditions.
WhatsApp Plus is an official-looking WhatsApp client that lets users customise backgrounds in chat conversations. It has been downloaded 35 million times to date, despite not being made available via Google Play.
A message on the WhatsApp website read: "WhatsApp Plus is an application that was not developed by WhatsApp, nor is it authorised by WhatsApp.
"The developers of WhatsApp Plus have no relationship to WhatsApp, and we do not support WhatsApp Plus.
"Please be aware that WhatsApp Plus contains source code which WhatsApp cannot guarantee as safe and that your private information is potentially being passed to third parties without your knowledge or authorisation.
"Please uninstall your application and install an authorised version of WhatsApp from our website or Google Play. Then you will be able to use WhatsApp."
The stern staffers at WhatsApp also sent a cease and desist letter to the third-party app's developers.
The developers responded to the letter on Google+, saying: "We have received a cease and desist letter from WhatsApp and we are obligated to remove all download links and unfortunately delete this community.
"Am really sorry for this but it's out of our hands and WhatsApp has pushed us into a corner that we can't escape this time."
Seemingly confirming that the app will be shuttered, the response concludes: "It was a fun ride but it has come to an end."
WhatsApp's crackdown on security comes just months after the firm added end-to-end encryption to its Android application. µ
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