Ninatic CEO John Hanke has posted an update on the official Pokémon Go blog about cheaters and banned accounts. The update made it explicitly clear that people using bots and data scrapers (used to power radar services) are permanently banned, while people using add-on apps, such as PokemonGoAnywhere, who have been banned in the past will be let back in.
Cautioning players about the potential dangers of add-on apps, Niantic warned players that third-party Pokémon Go apps are “invisibly collecting and forwarding data to the app creator”. They also pointed out that these apps can have a similar effect as a DDoS attack on their servers, which is why some players using them were banned.
“Accounts which used apps or websites to remotely capture Pokémon, battle or deploy on Gyms, or harvest resources from PokéStops are also not being unbanned.”
– John Hanke, CEO of Ninatic on the official Pokémon Go Blog
The post finishes with a promise that Ninatic will continue to permanently ban cheaters and that creating a “air, fun, and legitimate experience for all players” was their main priority.