Australia-watch out!Another encrypted messaging app ceased operation in China! | Australia Chinatown

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On Tuesday (March 3), a number of foreign journalists in China confirmed that the encrypted messaging application Signal is blocked in China and users must pass. . .

According to the information reported on the webpage, from March 3 at the latest, Signal's webpageChina began to be blocked.

butChinese smartphone users can still download freely from the app storeapplication.According to the US mobile application intelligence platform Sensor
That's iter statistics, SignalThe number of installations on China's Apple mobile phones is close to 51.The installation situation of Android system lacks relevant data information.

In the past, Signal has alsoChina has been blocked, but services have been restored since then.

At the regular press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China held today, a reporter from Bloomberg asked that the encrypted messaging application SignalChina is banned.Does the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have any comment on this?Why does China block foreign social media platforms?The spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Zhao Lijian responded: "I do not understand the relevant situation you mentioned. Please refer to the competent department. As a principle, what I can tell you is that the Chinese Internet isof.At the same time, ChinaManage the Internet in accordance with laws and regulations. "

What is Signal?

Signal is funded by Signal Technology Foundation and Signal Messenger
A cross-platform encrypted message service developed by LLC. Signal sends one-to-one and group messages via the Internet. Messages can include images and videos. It can also be used to make one-to-one and group voice calls via the Internet.All Signal software is free and open source

Due to todayFacebook updated on January 1HatsApp's privacy policy, new privacy agreement regulations (except EU)hatsApp started sharing user data including but not limited to IP address, mobile phone number and other user data with Facebook on February 2. This led to Signal’sGoogle in many countries
The application rankings of Play and App Store have risen sharply.

In addition, because Tesla founder Musk hadI recommended Signal on Twitter, and it also contributed toThe demand for communication applications has increased.

Chinese officials also blocked the mobile app ClubhouseChinese service.AppBefore being blocked, he used to provide an audio communication platform for taboo topics.China has briefly prospered.

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