WhatsApp’s Latest Version Proxy Support Feature Officially Available for Users
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WhatsApp, a messaging app made by Meta Platforms Inc. announced on Thursday that users can now use proxy servers to access the service in countries where the app is blocked.
A proxy server acts as a middleman between users and web services. It also acts as a web filter, letting people get around restrictions and censorship.
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WhatsApp said that users of the latest version of the app can now use proxies with the app.
People in Iran and Syria have used virtual private network (VPN) services to get around censorship on the internet.
The messaging service said, “If these shutdowns keep happening, we hope this solution will help people communicate safely and reliably wherever they need to.”
In September, the messaging service said it would “do anything” it could technically do to keep the service available and that it did not block Iranian phone numbers.
Iran blocked Meta’s Instagram and WhatsApp after protests broke out over the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old who was killed after being arrested by morality police in Tehran for wearing “inappropriate clothing.”