Signal, an encrypted messaging app, is currently down in China and only available through a virtual private network (VPN).
It is certainly surprising that the app has been available to mainland Chinese users for such a long time, as it linked app users around the world without a VPN.
China’s block on Signal comes just after LinkedIn suspended new registrations in China, ensuring that the corporate social media app complies with Chinese laws and regulations.
CNBC’s Arjun Kharpal reported that Signal was not available for comment when contacted on Tuesday.
At this point, most Western applications and services have been wiped out of the Great Chinese Firewall – a means of controlling information being disseminated in the Middle Empire.
Signal claims to be end-to-end encrypted, according to CNBC. Neither the application nor the third parties would have access to messages shared between users. It was launched in 2014 and developed by the US non-profit organization Signal Technology Foundation and Signal Messenger LLC.
We’re a little tired after seeing all the useful apps that link those in mainland China to other deleted countries – just another reminder of what you sign up for if you choose to live here (without a VPN). But hey, there is always WeChat …
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