Facebook-owned application is currently under tight restrictions in China. Its various services have been blocked. As a consequence, people can’t use voice, photo, and video messages to communicate. However, text messages still have their clearance intact. This is just one of the many steps in this period of time that the Chinese censorship is willing to take to succeed in a leadership reshuffle in Beijing.
Chinese Censorship Blocked WhatsApp Except Its Text Messages
On Wednesday, dozens of Chinese users complained about encountering difficulties with their WhatsApp application. They reported frozen video, photo, and voice messages. Only their text communication managed to get through. However, it seems that the source of such technical issues was Chinese officials themselves.
The block was initiated incrementally. This method shares similarities with the procedure that ended up with Gmail’s total blackout back in 2014. Facebook declined to comment on this event. This move comes amid Chinese preparations for a leadership reshuffle. This event takes place twice in ten years. Therefore, this is a defining moment that many parties within the Communist group intend to take advantage of. Current President Xi Jinping is also a viable candidate for this process.
The Chinese censorship is probably the largest such apparatus in the world. It goes by the name of the Great Firewall and currently has thousands of online pages under the ban. The organization has no issue with extending their grasp over giant platforms such as Google, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and other sources of international news.
WhatsApp Was Gaining Popularity Thanks to Privacy Terms
Since he became president five years ago, Xi Jinping promoted a vigorous movement on obtaining control over what kinds news Chinese citizens can gain access to or not. This phenomenon exacerbated over recent months by abolishing celebrity news, VPNs, live streaming video apps, and online video content.
On the other hand, WhatsApp didn’t enjoy much popularity in China. Its Asian rival, WeChat, holds a monopoly over this market with 900 million users. However, Facebook’s messaging service was just starting to increase its influence thanks to its promise of a secure line of communication. While WeChat allows officials to monitor conversations frequently, the country had no power over WhatsApp.
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