WhatsApp is Blocked in China

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  • China has step up surveillance ahead of a big Communist Party gathering next month, which is held every 5 year to choose the party’s leadership. As a result, WhatsApp, which provides end-to-end encryption, has been blocked.

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  • China’s great firewall has blocked many other applications already  including Facebook (since 2009), Instagram, Google, DropBox, Twitter, etc.

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  • Last year in June, China passed a controversial cybersecurity law which forced to end online anonymity, enforce data localization and aid law enforcement agencies. Encrypted communication is indirectly discouraged in it.
  • One possibility is to connect though a VPN. However, in the recent months, Chinese government has started cracking down illegal VPN services.

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  • Chinese nationals are left to use WeChat which provides Chinese government with personal data of its citizens.

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