Censors Grip on the Internet Has Led To WhatsApp Block In China
China is a nation known to take drastic steps whenever any situation regarding the misuse of the Internet arises. China has currently blocked the use of WhatsApp in its country owing to the Internet security issues. The censors have tightened their grip on the Internet utilization in London.
Currently, only a part of the messaging service has been blocked. The sending of the voice messages, photos, and videos, for instance, the one sent from the Guardian have all been blocked. For now, the text messages haven’t been affected or touched. The WhatsApp users in China have complained ofthe total ban on the use or sending any kind of messages on the app tothe officials.
This step is not a big surprise to the Chinese as they have earlier witnessed the ban of Google’s Gmail in 2014 and a total blackout of the portal. The sporadic blocking of the messaging app is a decision the people in China are finding it difficult to digest. The basic reason behind the ban is the shuffling of the leadership in China. The formation of a number of parties within the Communist party for rendering control over key positions and President Xi Jinping’s idea of merging the powers will have China facing a number of changes in the coming months.
Though the Chinese officials have openly spoken about the ban, the company hasn’t yet commented anything on the ban. The censorship system in China called the Great Firewall has a number of foreign websites banned in the country in order to avoid the breach of cyber sovereignty. The popular platforms including Google, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and telegram have been totally blocked in China.
The fear of Internet misuse has led to tightening of the Internet freedom by inculcating unique and innovative circumvention tools. By doing so, the private communication between the public in Chinese has been violated. The Chinese officials do not find viewing the WeChat conversations of the public weird as it is considered to be a part of the cyber law. The ban on the foreign sites has been initiated as the messages are encrypted in them and are difficult to track later.
The Chinese censors have been able to block uncensored videos or images on WeChat. The foreign site owners, for instance, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, have tried convincing the Chinese officials to let the people enjoy their Internet freedom but in vain. The Chinese are not happy over the continuous ban on some of the most popular sites and want the officials to think about it.
But the trepidation of cyber threat and online communal racism has the Chinese blocking the unauthorized sites. Lately, China is also planning to block illegal virtual private networks along with many domestic providers by February 2018.