China blocks WhatsApp Messenger

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September 27 , 2017 – Fort Russ News – 

Vesti – translated by Inessa Sinchougova

Authorities of the People’s Republic of China have blocked the instant messaging system WhatsApp on the eve of the 19th Congress of the Communist Party of China.

The New York Times reported in mid-July that for many users in China, some functions of the application, including video chats and sending files, ceased to be available. Now the ability to send messages is blocked.

Since 2003, China has implemented the Golden Shield system, which outside the country is called the “Great Chinese Firewall,” which filters users’ access to websites and Internet services.

Internet censorship is applied to pages with anti-state or “sensitive” materials,  government- controlled social networks, as well as content related to gambling.

Currently, the list of blocked resources includes Google, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, the Wikipedia site , Amnesty International and several others.

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