Encrypted Messaging App Signal Blocked in China

Messaging app Signal has been blocked in China, marking further efforts from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to regulate public opinion and communication.

Signal is an encrypted messaging application, offering its users end-to-end encryption on calls and messages. This prevents third parties, such as governments or internet service providers, from seeing the contents of the messages and protect the user’s personal data.

Users in China reported that they could only access the app via servers on virtual private networks (VPN). Using a VPN is one of the only ways to sidestep China’s so-called “Great Firewall”, which blocks any website, app or service the CCP deems “inappropriate”. 

Zhao Lijian, spokesperson for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, made comments to press Tuesday morning saying that he was “not aware of the situation” in regards to Signal.

Lijian also went on to say that “as a principle, China’s internet is open,” and that all decisions on internet policies were made in accordance with Chinese law.

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