China closes smartphone users off after download ‘foreign’ chat apps




China smartphone users would shut down the mobile network as they chat applications like Whatsapp and Telegram downloading, or use VPNs to circumvent China’s Internet filter. This would be done mainly in the Xinjiang region.

The closing of mobile users is not communicated from the authorities, but The New York Times has spoken with several people who are affected by the new policy. They compose a message to have gotten their smartphone to the effect that the mobile number to be completed within two hours. For questions must be contacted with the local police, where access can be restored. A police official in Urumqi, confirmed to The New York Times that mobile numbers are locked. Chinese telecom providers, however, did not acknowledge.

People who contact the police are told that they can be in the event that concluded “foreign” applications have been downloaded for communication. This involves, among other things Whatsapp and Telegram. The use of VPNs can also lead to the closing of access to mobile networks. Furthermore, the authorities shut people off if they have no identification attached to their mobile number, according to The New York Times.

The information shows that the Chinese authorities take especially mobile users in the Xinjiang region. In this region come regularly for terrorist attacks committed by separatists and jihadists. After the attacks in Paris would China have carried out the new disconnection policy. Although it does not have official confirmation or let the Chinese authorities in Xinjiang know that the Internet is widely used to spread religious extremism.


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