WhatsApp Might Work In Internet Blackouts
WhatsApp is letting users connect via proxy servers.
This means that users will be able to stay online if the internet is blocked or disrupted by shutdowns.
Meta, the technology giant, says it wants to counteract the internet blackouts.
Such as those that have been happening in Iran.
Cutting users' access off to WhatsApp could prevent them from receiving urgent help, Meta argues.
Meta and WhatsApp are urging the global community to volunteer proxies to help people communicate freely.
Will Your Data Be Safe On A Proxy Server?
Connecting to WhatsApp via a proxy maintains the same privacy and security as they always have.
You don't need to worry about your end-to-end encryption, your messages will still be protected.
Who Would Benefit From This?
For WhatsApp users who live under strict government restrictions on Internet access, (like Iran) using a proxy can keep them connected.
Using a proxy server will allow people from all around the world to stay connected.
Even if their internet access is blocked by unfortunate events or some "malicious actors".
Connecting to WhatsApp will allow people to stay connected anywhere.