Meta-owned immediate messaging platform WhatsApp says it now permits customers to make the most of proxy servers to entry the service in international locations the place the app is blocked.
A proxy server acts as an middleman between customers and net providers, permitting customers to bypass restrictions and censorship by functioning as an online filter.
This new function is out there to customers with the most recent model of the app. Prior to now, customers in international locations corresponding to Iran and Syria have relied on digital non-public community (VPN) providers to bypass web censorship.
Within the occasion of continued shutdowns, WhatsApp hopes that this resolution will assist present safe and dependable communication for these in want.
The corporate has acknowledged that it’ll do all the pieces inside its technical capabilities to maintain the service accessible and that it isn’t blocking Iranian telephone numbers.
This announcement comes after Iran restricted entry to Instagram and WhatsApp following unrest in response to the arrest of Mahsa Amini for “unsuitable apparel” by morality police in Tehran.