Facebook Inc (FB) WhatsApp Now Faces Major Blocks In China

WhatsApp China Chinese Authorities widespread service disruptions China Whats App users

WhatsApp China Chinese Authorities widespread service disruptions China Whats App users

The problems have led users to speculate that the Chinese Government could have partially blocked WhatsApp, which offers users more privacy from spying authorities than alternative apps because it uses end-to-end encryption.

The disruption of WhatsApp was the latest in a long line of big digital services running up against China's "Great Firewall", the country's system of internet filters and controls. The government is in the midst of preparing for a sensitive party congress while Chinese censors this week revved up a sprawling effort to scrub all mention of Liu Xiaobo, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate who died Thursday in government custody.

Some users said they could not get WhatsApp to connect to the internet on Tuesday without a VPN.

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In a test conducted by the South China Morning Post in the afternoon, two users registered with mainland Chinese mobile numbers were unable to send videos or pictures to each other via WhatsApp. "WhatsApp is much safer than WeChat", he said.

Most of WhatsApp's users reside outside of China, where WeChat dominates the messaging landscape.

Facebook, which owns WhatsApp, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Dollar languishes near 10-month low, kiwi tumbles after soft inflation
USA shares were set to drift slightly lower with Dow futures flat at 21,581, and S&P 500 futures down 0.1 percent at 2,456.40. The dollar fell to a 10-month low on Tuesday, bearing the brunt of a selloff triggered by another setback to U.S.

China blocked Telegram, another messaging service, in 2015 after it became a popular platform for activists and dissidents to share information.

The progressive tightening of messaging apps forces Chinese users to resort to domestic apps such as WeChat "to simply function and have day-to-day communications", said Kobeissi, the security researcher.

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A protester displays a picture of jailed Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo's detained wife Liu Xia during a demonstration outside the Chinese liaison office in Hong Kong.

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