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Fake WhatsApp app more popular than Facebook or Instagram in Africa

WhatsApp leads Facebook and Instagram in Africa, but with its success have come knock-offs, known as ‘WhatsApp mods’. One reason for the high uptake of WhatsApp mods is the wider range of features on offer. For instance, GB WhatsApp, the most widely used WhatsApp mod across major African markets, allows users to operate multiple accounts, restore deleted messages and send and receive larger media files (up to 50 megabytes compared to 16 megabytes on WhatsApp). However, beware – these WhatsApp mods come at a cost of lax security.

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Alastair Tempest

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