China Finally Block WhatsApp Services, See Reason!

WhatsApp has finally been banned from China mainland by the country’s government, with photo and video sharing, text messaging and other WhatsApp features are currently not functional. Meanwhile, WhatsApp has previously been blocked but was lifted within few days and this time, it’s unclear when the ban will be lifted.

The ban of WhatsApp has also affects some other services, including normal text messaging. It’s not hard to get the reasoning for the move; WhatsApp supports encrypted messaging, which by nature makes government surveillance impossible or difficult.

However, the move had made all Chinese users to switch to a popular messaging service in the country called WeChat which is owned by Tecent, a Chinese company that often accepts information requests by China government.

Considering the ban of Facebook, Instagram and even the last Mark Zuckerberg messaging app in China, WhatsApp ban, I think this has likely put a dent for Facebook’s plan to expand more services into the country.

For me, I cannot live in a country where there is no access to Facebook, Instagram and even WhatsApp, what about you?

9 Comments

  1. as for me,this is a serious situation because WhatsApp is very popular in terms of giving out information!! can do without it and is a matter of time dey will cope with the situation on ground!!!!

  2. I don't think is the right decision for the Chinese govt to ban the world most popular social midea apps.
    Is like blocking their means of communication.
    Or they have any case with mark.
    Can't live in such a place.

  3. Thats is like cutting crucial communication points. I still don understand why the Chinese govt. had to block whatsapp. This is really taking them to the primitive age where there was no technology. well, i cant spend a day in such a place

  4. Since they have weChat they are good to go Chinese government has ask the world to equal chinese yuan with dollar which the USA refused I think this be also a reason why they banned Whatsapp services,but wait @Precious what does the government do with all this information they get from social media.

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