A number of social media users woke up today in China frantic that WhatsApp had become the latest victim of the Great Firewall. Multiple users have taken to Twitter to complain that they are no longer able to log into the popular messaging service.
— Jeremy Koh (@JeremyKohCNA) July 18, 2017
So, WhatsApp has stopped working for me and I can't seem to reinstall it. Some other people in China are having the same problem.
— Jatin Chavda 贾霆 (@Jatin92) July 18, 2017
However, other users have said that the social media app is working fine for them now — if a bit more slowly than normal.
Reports of WhatsApp not working last night/this morning in China. There were also some VPN issues, but WhatsApp/VPNs seem fine now.
— Paul Mozur (@paulmozur) July 18, 2017
— Stephen McDonell (@StephenMcDonell) July 18, 2017
Tests conducted at the Shanghaiist office found no problems with logging into WhatsApp or with sending and receiving messages.
However, www.whatsapp.com does appear to be inaccessible in China, though tests on greatfirewallofchina.org say that it should be accessible. Meanwhile, we’ve had no problems logging onto web.whatsapp.
Whatever exactly is going on, many believe that it isn’t good news for WhatsApp as the Net Nanny appears to be fiddling around with possibly harmonizing the app entirely. Is WhatsApp still working for you?
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