After the crackdown from WhatsApp banning all third party apps from using its services, the developer of WhatsApp Plus has announced that the app is shutting down. The news was broken by the Community owner of WhatsApp Plus Dr. Mounib Al Rifai on Google Plus, where he confirmed that the ‘fun ride had come to an end’.
His post said that they had received a cease and desist letter from WhatsApp, and had no option but to shut down. “We have received a cease and desist letter from WhatsApp and we are obligated to remove all download links and unfortunately delete this community. I 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,” he wrote.
Rifai, in a separate post also voiced WhatsApp Plus developer Rafalense’s confirmation of the app’s demise. “WhatsApp Plus development has stopped since yesterday night and I will not continue with any development or support of it.”
The app has effectively shut down and is no more available on Google Play Store and Apple App Store to download. Earlier this week BGR India reported how WhatsApp Plus was being wrongly claimed to be the next version of WhatsApp and how it could pose a security and privacy threat to users. Soon after, WhatsApp cracked down on all third-party apps banning them from using the company’s services.
These third-party apps are testimony to the growing popularity of WhatsApp. The latest stats indicate that WhatsApp has nearly 700 million monthly active users and is showing no signs of slowing down with users sending over 30 billion messages every day. WhatsApp had over 70 million monthly active users in India last November, and is considered as one of its biggest markets in the world.