- By Henry Faulkner Brittany
- June 27, 2022
One of a few foreign platforms that are luckily accessible within the Great firewall, signal app appears to have been blocked in China, was often used by dissidents, activists, and journalists.
In Beijing and other Chinese cities, app users claim to have been barred from sending messages on the platform since Monday evening and getting access only by using a virtual private network, which hides one’s location.
“Signal app has been walled,” in said by of the users in microblogging site Weibo, pointing to the country’s sophisticated Internet controls barring access to Google, Twitter, Facebook, foreign news sites, and messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Telegram.
According to Greatfire.org, China has blocked Signal’s website as of Tuesday, which monitors censorship in the country. It was hard to say whether the blocking was permanent or a temporary outage. The California-based company did not give their comments despite the request.
Human rights lawyers, activists, and other Chinese advocates had turned to Signal messaging app to exchange information about cases, talk to journalists, and communicate with dissidents abroad, when they faced surveillance on Chinese apps. In January, signal downloads in China saw a surge when Tesla CEO Elon Musk urged his followers to download the app.
The apparent blocking of the Signal messaging app turns out that the top leaders of China exert more control over the internet. In the annual legislative session held this month, Premier Li Keqiang put an emphasis on “strengthening the content creation and management” of the internet to develop “a positive and healthy online culture”.
Chinese app and Internet companies, platforms, bloggers, and general users have been strictly inspected. Internet Giant Alibaba is reportedly ordered to sell its media assets including stakes in Weibo and the South China Morning Post newspaper, out of concern over the company’s ability to influence public opinion.
China’s cyberspace administration last month ordered bloggers and other content creators to apply for government-approved credentials before publishing. In February, China has detained several citizens for the comments made online defaming Chinese soldiers who died in a border clash with Indian forces last year.
Signal is a state-of-the-art foreign platform targeted by Chinese sensors, a sign that authorities may be moving too fast to block access to unregulated platforms.
The Audio App Clubhouse was blocked within a week of the transition between Chinese users inside and outside the country, who raised sensitive issues via this platform such as human rights allegations in Xinjiang, protests in Hong Kong, or the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.
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