WhatsApp’s New Proxy Feature Allows You to Avoid Internet Shutdowns

WhatsApp has now come up with a new and advanced feature of using proxy servers to access the service in countries where the app is blocked.

WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart posted in a series of tweets, “While many of us celebrated by texting our loved ones on WA, there are millions of people in Iran and elsewhere who continue to be denied the right to communicate freely and privately. So today we’re making it easier for anyone to connect to WA using a proxy.”

WhatsApp’s New Proxy Feature Allows You to Avoid Internet Shutdowns

A Proxy server stays as an intermediate platform between the users and web services and acts as a web filter that allow netizens to circumvent restrictions and censorship.

WhatsApp has now made an official announcement about the proxy support is available for users with the latest version.

Users from the countries such as Iran and Syria are using the virtual private network (VPN) services to navigate around internet censorship.

The messaging service said, “in case these shutdowns continue, we hope this solution helps people wherever there is a need for secure and reliable communication.”

According to WhatsApp’s FAQ page, organisations or users “can set up a proxy using a server with ports 80, 443 or 5222 available and a domain name (or subdomain) that points to the server’s IP address.”

WhatsApp is capable to do fix its issues within its technical capacity. Recently, WhatsApp has said that it was  not blocking Iranian phone numbers.

Iran restricted access to Meta’s Instagram and WhatsApp after unrest broke out in response to the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was arrested by morality police in Tehran for “unsuitable attire”.

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