WhatsApp users in China complained of a total ban on sending any type of messages on the popular messenger. The local experts linked the ban with the Great Firewall’s censors activity.
The Great Firewall is the world’s largest censorship system, which operates in China. Because the Chinese officials are preparing for a twice-a-decade leadership shuffle later this year, censors are going to tighten grip on the internet, especially the messengers and the social networks.
While various factions within the leding Communist party in China are jockeying for control of key positions, the Chinese president Xi Jinping uses that for the consolidating power. WhatsApp wasn’ the only service whose users in China are experiencing the difficulties with the poplular application.
In China, thousands of websites including were blocjed by the censorship, among them are popular social networks like Facebook and Instagram, search engine Google, YouTube and a host of foreign news outlets.
It is not the first time when Chinese authorities use the ‘blocking’ policy regarding the foreign application and platforms, earlier, in 2009 and 2014, was blocked messaging app Telegram after it became popular with the country’s human right lawyers.