In the latest step, Chinese authorities appear to have severely disrupted the WhatsApp messaging app to tighten censorship as they prepare for a major Communist Party congress next month. WhatsApp has disrupted in China.
In recent days, users in China have reported widespread disruptions to the Facebook-owned service, which previously malfunctioned in the country over the summer.
WhatsApp has disrupted by the China ahead of China Communist party meeting
Again on Tuesday, text messaging, voice calls and video calls appeared to have worked, though voice messages and photos have not gone through. An encryption technology has provided by the WhatsApp that likely does not please Chinese authorities, which closely monitor and restrict cyberspace through their “Great Firewall.”
This year, China has tightened online policing, enacting new rules that require tech companies to store user data inside the country as well as restrictions on what has permissible content.
For years, websites such as Facebook, Twitter and a slew of foreign media have blocked. On October 18, the WhatsApp troubles emerged ahead of the Communist Party congress when president Xi Jinping was expected to have given a second five-year term as the party general secretary.
WeChat has more widely used the messaging app in China:
Around major events, China usually steps up surveillance. While, in the country, the WeChat messaging app owned by China Tencent company has more widely used, many WhatsApp users complained about the disruptions.
To work with clients abroad, some noted that it would make it difficult. China Twitter-like social media website, one person on Weibo, wrote that “Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Viber have blocked before. Now even WhatsApp has stuck? Without proper messaging tools, it will reduce the efficiency of the foreign trade industry.”
Another person said that I could live without the others, but blocking WhatsApp has driven me crazy. To the comment, WhatsApp declined.
For Facebook, the move is a setback that has exploring ways to expand in the country, where Chinese have blocked the use of the social network since 2009 and its Instagram photo-sharing app since 2014.