China reportedly prevents WhatsApp users from sending images and videos

China reportedly prevents WhatsApp users from sending images and videos
Facebook's WhatsApp could easily go as one of the last of the mohicans in China, a country where messaging services that don't abide by the government's restrictive cybersecurity laws have been blocked partially or entirely.

Unfortunately, WhatsApp seems to be the last victim of China's “Great Firewall,” the country's intricate system of internet filters and controls. NYT reports China has disrupted WhatsApp services in the country, as many users say they are now unable to send videos and images through the messaging app.

Some can't even send text-based messages, which suggests the Chinese government is set to block Facebook's digital service permanently. China has already issued a new cyber security law last month, which is even more restrictive than the old one.


WhatsApp would be Facebook's last major service still working in China, after the country's government blocked Facebook and Instagram back in 2009 and 2014, respectively.

source: NYT

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7 Comments

1. mikehunta727 unregistered

That f**king sucks

5. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

android is a shoogle

2. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

Their government is trying to promote wechat probably

3. Papa_Ji

Posts: 855; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

That's good.....

4. Cyberchum

Posts: 1087; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Yeah. Many businesses, here, rely on whatsapp to communicate with their Chinese partners. They prefer it to wechat probably because it's more user-friendly—simple and lean—to the average Joe. Chinese government policies on social services and media consumption are quite horrible and stifling.

7. samgsam

Posts: 149; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

China is the next North Korea

8. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

I wonder if you can use BBM in China

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