Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 25th Sep 2017 18:51 UTC
Internet & Networking

China has largely blocked the WhatsApp messaging app, the latest move by Beijing to step up surveillance ahead of a big Communist Party gathering next month.

The disabling in mainland China of the Facebook-owned app is a setback for the social media giant, whose chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, has been pushing to re-enter the Chinese market, and has been studying the Chinese language intensively. WhatsApp was the last of Facebook products to still be available in mainland China; the company's main social media service has been blocked in China since 2009, and its Instagram image-sharing app is also unavailable.

WhatsApp uses end-to-end encryption, which the Chinese government (and western governments) don't like. Either WhatsApp would give China a backdoor, or China would block WhatsApp. This seems to indicate WhatsApp stuck to its encryption.

Let's see what happens to the other big western messaging service with end-to-end encryption still available in China: iMessage. We can safely assume that if iMessage isn't blocked soon, Apple caved, and gave China its backdoor.

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RE: Double standards?
by avgalen on Tue 26th Sep 2017 14:35 UTC in reply to "Double standards?"
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As others said, there is a difference between
A) 1 company or 1 person refusing to serve you based on criteria that you agreed with while signing up for their product/service/friendship
B) your countries government doing the same for something that isn't illegal.

If you come to my house and start to say things that I don't like I will tell you to leave and you have to leave. Freedom means you can say offensive things to me, it doesn't mean I have to like it or that there will be no consequences!
If you visit a library/cinema with a big "silence" sign hung up by management you will have to be silent otherwise they can remove you
If you sign up for a forum or webhoster that has a "say nice things"-policy you will have to say nice things or you might get kicked of the forum/webhost.

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