Facebook-owned WhatsApp messaging app is temporarily blocked in the country of China. On this late Monday, some of the users in the country has noticed this disruption in the WhatsApp. They can’t able to send or receive videos and photos, even they also enable to exchange their text-based messages.
On the early morning of Tuesday, it came to light that the blockage was more widespread across the communist country, according to the report of The New York Times. As the government has put up a firewall with internet filters and controls.
It is similar to the China authorities first banned Google’s Gmail in 2014. China operates the world’s largest censorship system, known as the Great Firewall, blocking thousands of websites including popular platforms such as Facebook, Google, Instagram, YouTube and a host of foreign news outlets.
China already had their countries own firms such as Weibo, Baidu, WeChat against to the Twitter, Google search engine and WhatsApp. By this recent move by the government filters selectively targets only functionalities of the WhatsApp.
WhatsApp pales in popularity when to compare with the China’s local messaging service WeChat, which boasts more than 900 million users. But, WeChat monitoring the conversation of their users while WhatsApp encrypts all messages. So, maximum of the Chinese concerned about privacy or those communicating with friends or business with WhatsApp.
Also, China plans to block unauthorised virtual private networks (VPNs) a common tool to evade censorship, starting in February 2018.