Srinagar: China has blocked WhatsApp, media reports said Tuesday.
As per reports over the past few months, WhatsApp in China has experienced brief disruptions to service, with users unable to send video chats or photos.
“Now, even text messages are completely blocked,” reports said.
The move is a blow to Facebook, which has been banned in China since 2009 and owns WhatsApp. With the blocking of WhatsApp, Facebook’s only remaining stake in China is the Colorful Balloons app that it stealthily released last month.
The heightened censorship coincides with the upcoming 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party.
WhatsApp offers end-to-end encryption, which keeps users’ messages private.
In contrast, other domestic Chinese apps like WeChat provide all users’ personal data to the Chinese government.