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In China partially blocked WhatsApp

В Китае частично заблокировали WhatsAppWhatsApp was used in China a relatively small number of users.

On July 19 in China partially blocked residents of the country access to WhatsApp messenger.

Now users have lost the ability to send videos and photos. But users cannot send text messages even the article says The New York Times.

An anonymous representative of the Chinese government told The New York Times that the lock WhatsApp local officials want “to show that doing your job” before the autumn Congress of the Communist party.

“According to our analysis, we are faced today with the fact that the so-called Great Chinese firewall imposes censorship, which selectively is meant for the functionality of WhatsApp,” said cryptographer Nadim Symbolic Software, Kobeissi. It is not clear whether this is directed against censorship of any photos, or is it a step to a complete ban of the service.

A WhatsApp representative declined to comment to the newspaper.

According to the publication, WhatsApp was used in China a relatively small number of users. However, WhatsApp provides encrypted transfer of messages, making it a useful tool for many Chinese.

Note that WhatsApp is owned by the social network Facebook, which is blocked in China since 2009. In 2014, the authorities have closed access to another service — Instagram.

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