GB WhatsApp: what is it and why you should not install it on Android phone and iPhone

The huge popularity of WhatsApp has led to many third-party clone apps claiming to add missing features such as syncing chats across platforms. Lately, a new fork called GB WhatsApp has been making the rounds on the internet. It claims to circumvent the “ban” that WhatsApp threatened to hand out to users who did not accept its controversial privacy policy. However, it’s worth noting that WhatsApp’s privacy policy is still being challenged in court and the platform has not banned anyone. A cursory glance at the GBWhatsApp website is enough to tell us that the developers are up to no good.

Some of the ‘features’ mentioned above are downright wrong. WhatsApp lets you hide all your last seen via a switch in the settings. It also lets you change your theme, although the choices are quite limited. Everything else is a small improvement in quality of life, but nothing that most users will use in day-to-day use. However, one of the developer’s most blatant claims is as follows:

Apparently you can just ‘sideload’ GB WhatsApp to your iPhone by ‘downloading’ the installation file. That’s downright impossible, since Apple doesn’t sideload users with apps on the iPhone from… pretty much anywhere. This alone should ring alarm bells in users’ minds.

Therefore, we recommend that you stay away from GB WhatsApp or any such third-party clone that claims to “add” or “enhance” existing WhatsApp features. By default, WhatsApp encrypts all messages end-to-end so that no one but you and the recipe can read it. You lose that privilege with these smuggled versions and run the risk of your personal information being harvested by unscrupulous third parties.

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