In the flood of forwarded messages on WhatsApp, I came across this one today. It is written in Hindi, but I'll try to make y'all understand what it says. Anyone who's familiar with Hindi can surely confirm it. At first I thought it'd just be a circulating message with fake info, and there'd be nothing like this in existence. Later, on searching in play store, I came to know that such app exists."After 31st December 2016, foreign company WhatsApp will not be operating in India as per decisions by Indian Government. These steps are taken to stop the increasing crimes. Due to the popularity of WhatsApp, Indian Government has published a new app on Play Store called VihanApp, as a replacement for WhatsApp. Share this among your friends to make everyone aware of it."
Now, this all is total FAKE
. I don't even think this message is by government, and the app itself is a copy of Telegram. I know Telegram is open source, there can be unofficial clients to it, but they need to give credits to Telegram in their app/play store description or anything. This app credits Telegram nowhere, and moreover it contains ads for that person to earn money without doing anything.
There're some people who know all this and have rated it 1 star and reported it too, still somehow the app has managed to get a 4 star rating.
The second screenshot attached below is of a newspaper article, in which the guy is claiming to make the app using his brain
, and that the app is unhackable
and it has all media sharing capabilities, etc shit.
(Thanks to +Tushar Parmar
for that screenshot)
Y'all can yourself check the screenshots on play store, or even try running the app on Nougat, because it won't even open (FC's at opening 😂😂). There's even a website (maybe 😂) to it which claims some meh people as CEO, Founder and what not.Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wVihanAppWebsite: http://www.vihanapp.weebly.com
I'd request everyone coming through this post to report the app and help to take it down from play store. To report, visit the play store page linked above and scroll to bottom, tap the Flag as Inappropriate section.