Why is WhatsApp not blocked in China

WhatsApp blocked: tough censorship in China

The Chinese government wants to avoid riots ahead of the 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress. That is why the WhatsApp messenger, which is equipped with end-to-end encryption, was blocked in China on Wednesday - censorship is getting tougher.

2017 is an important election year not only in Europe. There are also big decisions to be made in China this year. The 19th Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Convention will be held on October 18, 2017 in Beijing.

The assembly meets once every five years and makes landmark decisions for the coming government cycle. Among other things, the congress determines the (new) party chairman, who then governs the country.

China eliminates the disruptive WhatsApp through censorship

It is expected that the current President Xi Jinping will be confirmed in office. Even so, the Chinese government seems to be afraid of possible incidents. That is why Beijing is using a well-known means: censorship.

The social network Facebook, the search engine Google and the short message service Twitter have been blocked in China for several years. Access to foreign news sources is only partially or not possible. Now, with WhatsApp, there is a new, prominent player.

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At the beginning of the week, the first users reported that sending messages was no longer possible. The suspicion has now been confirmed by reports from several domestic and foreign companies.

WhatsApp censorship began in July this year. At that time, end-to-end encryption was bypassed for the first time, so that Chinese WhatsApp users were no longer able to send pictures, videos and voice messages.

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WTO is examining steps

After the ban, the last non-censored service is WeChat. The Chinese social hub gives its own government insights into use, so that those responsible in Beijing can (s) intervene here if necessary.

Meanwhile, the World Trade Organization (WTO) is examining steps against the Chinese government. When China joined in 2001, the country guaranteed free access to all forms of online and telecommunications services.

However, a decision is unlikely to take place before the party congress. This means that the censorship in China has triumphed once again.

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