WhatsApp's automated systems have become pretty good at weeding out spammers, but every once in a while, a legitimate user still ends up being banned due to seemingly suspicious behavior. Right now, appealing the decision is a lengthy process and involves reaching out to support proactively. But as discovered by WABetaInfo, you might soon be able to request a review right in the app when you're banned. Read More
Update: Bans are occurring on at least one other 3rd-party WhatsApp client, WhatsAppMD, so it can likely be assumed that any usage of a 3rd-party WhatsApp client at the moment may get you temporarily banned, at least until workarounds are developed. According to the developer of WhatsAppMD, the fix may be as simple as changing the app signature to match the official app's. If that solution does work, you'll likely see it implemented shortly.
WhatsApp is one of the world's most popular messaging services, and with popularity comes interest from the 3rd party development community. WhatsApp, though, is now a Facebook property, and what once may have seemed like flattery is now being pursued as a TOS violation. Read More