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World's Popular Messaging App WhatsApp blocked in China

26 Setiembre 2017, 09:37 | Benedicto Grullon

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This means WhatsApp was only disrupted for China-based users.

The reporter took to Twitter to inform his followers the morning after WhatsApp was reportedly banned. If you don't already have one, now might be the time to invest. "I'm going to be out of business soon", another person wrote on Weibo. Now, it appears that the app no longer works in the country at all.

In China, even the use of email is fading as residents embrace the convenience of WeChat. In fact, its popularity exceeds WhatsApp. However, this messaging platform was partially-blocked in the past, but now the entire service seems to be non-functional. The Communist Party of China (CPC) will begin its 19th Congress on October 18. WeChat, one of China's premier messaging services, has just been noted as handing over all data to Chinese governments. Local businesses are indeed getting their own blessings from the government's blockade.

Nadim Kobeissi, an applied cryptographer at Symbolic Software in Paris, has been monitoring China's ban on WhatsApp as a part of its overall research of censorship in China.

WhatsApp is the only product of the social media giant Facebook, that was allowed to operate in mainland China.

Ranging from pornographic content, violence, to political material that is sensitive to this firewall.

Earlier this year, WhatsApp users in the country had started experiencing difficulties in sending photos and videos to their contacts.

Just a year ago, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met with Liu Yunshan, China's propaganda chief, and posted pictures of his morning jog in China's smog. Xiaobo himself is a Nobel Peace Prize victor.

The sensitive party congress arrives next week at a tense time following the death of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. The Chinese government keeps blocking popular social media platforms to keep its people from sharing their views and opinions.

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