Recently WeChat, the most used messaging app in China has publicly accepted collecting and sharing the sensitive user data with the government. "This is not the typical technical method in which the Chinese government censors something".
WhatsApp, encrypts messages to make it much more hard for them to be monitored by third parties, so it is used by dissidents and activists, to share information securely, avoiding Chinese applications that transfer data to the regime.
Censors in #china have permanently blocked #WhatsApp, a messaging application that can also send videos and images, The #New York Times reported.
These latest restrictions placed on the Facebook-owned app may cause communication difficulties for Bitcoiners in China, many of which use the app to talk to each other.
WhatsApp is Facebook's only product allowed to operate in mainland China.
China's Internet censorship has left big players like Facebook, Apple and Google out of the huge Chinese market with an audience of more than 700 million Internet users.
At times, it has been completely blocked and only accessible via virtual private networks (VPNs) which circumvent China's internet firewall. They began blocking some of the features such as chatting with video and sending files using this messaging application. And the Party Congress is the most important of all. On being asked about the same by WhatsApp, they declined to comment on the blockage.
Welcome to online China in the run-up to the Communist Party Congress.
You would really struggle to find somebody here not using WeChat to send messages, share photos, swap locations, flirt, read news and pay for pretty much everything. The last congress, held in 2012, saw current President Xi Jinping ascend to power. Features like video chats didn't work but it was possible to communicate over messages. All data being shared is encrypted from end-to-end.
The penalties were imposed for failing to remove fake news and pornography, as well as content that authorities said "incites ethic tension" and "threatens social order".
China did not only step up censorship but also has closed a large number of churches with jailing a numerous human rights advocates, lawyers and activists for ethnic minorities since the past several years.