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]: Double standards?
by acobar on Mon 25th Sep 2017 21:23 UTC in reply to "RE: Double standards?"
acobar
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2005-11-15

freedom of speech does NOT include freedom to incite hatred and violence or threaten others

So, instead of blocking them, the responsible should be prosecuted, charged and face the consequences. Just banning a priori is not a proper response and no business should be allowed to do it. It is the same thing when some business discriminate against a consumer on racist, religious or politics nut basis.

If you want to have use cases rules, they must be known and exposed beforehand so that they can be challenged in court when needed and be used as binding contracts.

As a side note, this (use cases) is what many ISP are using to recuse to provide their goods.

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