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[2]: Doesn't necessarily follow
by No it isnt on Wed 27th Sep 2017 15:35 UTC in reply to "RE: Doesn't necessarily follow"
No it isnt
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As long as China doesn't publically state that they own a backdoor to iMessage, it's not going to damage Apple's reputation at all. It's like when the iPhone didn't have app support - it was all AT&T's fault. And when iTunes had DRM, that was all music industry's fault. When Foxconn's workers committed suicide in droves, at least Apple's workers had it better than everyone else.

None of this had any truth whatsoever, but Apple fanbois thought it plausible and repeated it as fact until it stopped being relevant. Apple doesn't need to protect their brand, as their fans will do it for them.

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