New York Times report suggests that China has blocked WhatsApp. It is popular amongst social media circles and had joined hands with Facebook and Instagram has been banned by the Chinese Government.
There had been a number of instances in the last few months where WhatsApp messages were disrupted in China. Users were not able to send video chats or photos. Finally, on Monday, the app went down and the users were not able to send text messages via WhatsApp. The Chinese Government is not happy with the Facebook-owned messaging app providing message encryption technology, which closely monitors and restricts cyberspace through their “Great Firewall”. This does not seem to make the Chinese players happy.
CNN reported this disruption is not experienced by Whatsapp users who use it on international SIM cards and data plans.The restrictions appear to specifically target China-based users. The move to shut down WhatsApp seems political drives as it comes at a time ahead of the Communist Party Congress on October 18, when President Xi Jinping is expected to be given a second five-year term as the party’s general secretary. Earlier Facebook has been blocked in China since 2009.