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Tuesday, 26 September 2017 - 11:19
WhatsApp blocked in China
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Security experts have confirmed that China has blocked popular messaging platform WhatsApp in its region.

Users of WhatsApp in China have faced interruptions over the past few months as users were barred from sending or receiving images and videos, but the current ban has been confirmed to apply to text messages as well.

The country has had a history of blocking social media websites with the likes of Wikipedia, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and a number of Google's services.

The New York Times report states that video chats and other modes of file-sharing on WhatsApp were being blocked in mid-July but text messages were allowed to be sent.

The report pointed out that despite the ban, a number of services provided by American tech companies like Microsoft's Skype continue to run, though Skype does not provide end-to-end encryption.

Apple's FaceTime is also allowed which despite having end-to-end encryption, does not let secret codes to be exchanged between users which WhatsApp uses to remove the occurrence of what is termed as a 'man-in-the-middle' attack.

Existing chat services in China like WeChat are pledged to provide the Chinese government user personal data which could be a reason that allowed WhatsApp to be picked on.

WeChat with 963 million active users, however, would look to thrive on the ban as WhatsApp was one of its few remaining competitors in the Chinese market.

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