Whatsapp is being blocked by the Chinese government as censors toughen grip on the internet. Users of other social media applications stated that the app is no longer applicable unless they use a virtual private network to transmit their internet traffic outside the country and also around its great firewall. Whatsapp provides end to end encryption and has a comparably small but trustworthy users looking for a greater degree of privacy from authority intruding than incurred by popular home-like app WeChat, which is all-over but closely checked and filtered.
A report by the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab states how Chinese censors were likely to head off, in real time, images honoring Liu in private chats on WeChat, an adventure that implicates at the government’s image identification capabilities. It seems that pictures were also the target of the move to censor Whatsapp. At last users in China could send texts over Whatsapp in the absence of VPNs excluding images.
A Cryptography based researcher in Paris has been inspecting the interruption of Whatsapp, and The Great Firewall was only obstructing access to Whatsapp servers that route media amidst users while leaving servers that manage text messages flawless. He disclosed that voice messages also seem to be blocked but, there is no proof to disclose that the Chinese governments were interpreting Whatsapp chat messages. Chinese censorship said that the government seems to be obstructing non-text Whatsapp chats exactly as they have not been able to particularly block content on the platform as they have with WeChat. Since Whatsapp content is encoded, they have moved to brute censor all non-text content said Smith in an email.
It is very much astonished to find that all the things on Whatsapp get obstructed; urging users in China to make use of unencrypted, controlled and censored services as that of WeChat. Whatsapp is one of the world’s largest used messaging services, with about 1.2 billion users. China has long ago blocked Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, with executives contending that foreign social media services working beyond their control pose a warning to national security. But the government in China, as with other governments, is paying a large attention to encoded messaging apps.