China Blocks Popular Messenger  WhatsApp!

China Blocks Popular Messenger WhatsApp!

According to Timothy Heath, senior international defence research analyst at the RAND Corporation, the Chinese government stands against the strong encryption that  WhatsApp formulates.

After blocking some of the major names in it Internet Business, China has declared ban on WhatsApp.

According to the Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI), Chinese internet service providers started blocking access to WhatsApp on September 23. The OONI is a global observation network for detecting censorship, surveillance and traffic manipulation. Meanwhile, the global network confirms the blocking by network measurement data consumption of the respective ISPs.

Although public reports on Twitter indicate that WhatsApp became inaccessible for some people on September 19.

There are reports of several discrepancies of WhatsApp over the last few months in China. However, WhatsApp has not made an official announcement on the development.

China regularly tightens its internet restrictions in the lead-up to major Communist Party meetings. As a matter of fact, it has already blocked access to a number of internet companies. The list includes Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google.

The Chinese government runs a huge apparatus of internet filters known as the Great Firewall. The Chinese internet security uses it to censor content that it deems harmful.

However, the latest move against WhatsApp is also part of a wider trend of tightening controls and restrictions under President Xi Jinping, Segal said. Although China has reinstated WhatsApp access in the past, it might not lift the block moving forward.

Some people access these services through virtual private networks (VPN), or with tools that disguise internet traffic to circumvent censorship. But the Chinese government has launched a crack down on VPNs this year. Ahead of the 19th National Congress of the ruling Communist Party, the lawmakers will look to consolidate this ban.

According to Timothy Heath, senior international defence research analyst at the RAND Corporation, the Chinese government stands against the strong encryption that  WhatsApp formulates.

“The government wants to monitor internet communications. Therefore it`s trying to steer its people to use technology that can be accessed and monitored by the government,” Heath told CNN.

Earlier this month, China’s most popular messenger WeChat aslo faced a makeover of security and encryption policies. The messenger notified users of its policies to comply with government requests for information.

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