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China would have permanently blocked WhatsApp

China would have permanently blocked WhatsApp”

It appears China is blocking the encrypted communications specifically, he told The New York Times. Public reports on Twitter indicate that WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, became inaccessible for some people on September 19. WhatsApp may have been targeted because of its strong encryption features lacked by services like Skype and Apple's FaceTime that are allowed to operate in China.

A company representative Symbolic Software Kobeissi, Nadim (Nadim Kobeissi) in conversation with the publication admitted that the Chinese authorities may have developed special software to prevent the operation of the service.

He commented to The Verge portal that the Chinese government probably did not block the messaging platform because it had not updated its firewall to detect and block the NoiseSocket security protocol used by WhatsApp. But if the ban is left in place, it could disrupt businesses that rely on WhatsApp to communicate with customers.

Over the past few months, WhatsApp users in China have frequently complained about being unable to log into their account or send messages as China's Net Nanny appeared to be regularly fiddling around with the social messaging app that counts more than a billion users worldwide - but few in mainland China. With the blocking of WhatsApp, Facebook's only remaining stake in China is the Colorful Balloons app that it stealthily released last month. But the Chinese government has been cracking down on VPNs this year.

As Facebook hits use growth saturation in many parts of the world, China remains an untapped opportunity for growth. Some people access these services through virtual private networks, or with tools that disguise internet traffic to circumvent censorship. But working with censors and a government known for hostility toward human rights activists could force Facebook to contradict some of its values or leave dissidents vulnerable.



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