In a PoGO chat group somebody shared this screenshot. He told us that he just wanted to show us that the PoGO application had a new security protocol for 3rd party applications. Is this true?

Is this warning a standard warning for all players?

If yes, why did the application just warn him? Is he cheating?

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    Looks fake to me – Иво Недев Oct 6 '16 at 9:40
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    i agree with Иво in that it looks fake, niantic does not give warnings for cheating, they just ban. Not to mention the fact that if they were using a third party application you wouldn't even see the normal UI. – Aequitas Oct 6 '16 at 10:44
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    It's been reported over on reddit that some players are seeing a similar message, however, the reported messages actually have descriptive text in them. The text in this image appears to be object names, not actual message text. Is your "friend" using the official download, or sideloading an APK? – Tester101 Oct 6 '16 at 15:32
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    @Attalos Sorry, the "friend" comment was meant as a joke. The reason I ask about sideloading, is because it seems like the code to pop the message was in place, but the message text was not yet in the APK. That's why you're seeing the message in that form, instead of the actual message text. – Tester101 Oct 6 '16 at 17:58
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    We only support the official PoGo app. Since you and your friend are sideloading it, it stands to reason that others may be injecting malicious or broken code into it. Once the official app does this, then we can support it. – Frank Oct 8 '16 at 3:03

I'm not sure if that screenshot is right, but you can get banned for cheating (using a 3rd party app). I have heard people just get banned without a warning and only get an email saying they got banned.

Niantic released an official statement saying they are taking action against cheaters

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    This looks like an attempt to respond to the comment thread on the question. – SevenSidedDie Oct 19 '16 at 8:12

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