WHATSAPP is currently the world’s most popular chat medium, about 1.5 billion users around the globe. However, some people are yet to know that WhatsApp has been banned in certain countries. We have mapped the regions where WhatsApp is blocked.
It is no good news for social networking and communication apps to be banned in multiple countries. The main reason cited behind such communication restrictions are concerns over national security. Other countries claim such chat app bans help support local telecommunication companies. Below are the list of countries where using WhatsApp is restricted or totally banned.
North Korea is permanently under the international spotlight due to dictatorial leader Kim Jong Un’s bellicose rhetoric and military grandstanding.
Censorship in North Korea ranks among some of the most extreme in the world.
In a country where citizens are starved of any information other than government propaganda, the internet too is dictated by the needs of the state.
This is why North Korea offers only limited access to social networks like Facebook and WhatsApp.
Cuba has dramatically restricted the usage of internet and chat platforms.
Censorship in Cuba is extensive, has resulted in European Union sanctions and statements of protest from governments around the world.
Cuba consequently ranks low in the Press Freedom Index.
In Cuba, only politicians, journalists and select students are legally eligible to access the internet and social platforms like WhatsApp.
The surprising reasons cited are not political concerns, but the high cost of internet usage which is said to exceed the average salary of Cuban residents.
Censorship in Iran is extensive, with Reporters Without Borders describing Iran as “one of the world’s most repressive countries for journalists for the past 40 years”.
The blocking of WhatsApp has been seen in Iran on a number of occasions.
Little reason has been given, but it is most likely due to security and censorship concerns.
Internet censorship in Syria is extensive, with the war-torn country banning websites for political reasons and arrests people accessing them.
Besides WhatsApp, Syria has also blocked websites like YouTube and Facebook.
The blocking of voice and video calling through WhatsApp is common, with the promotion of local telecommunication service providers with the supposed reason.
UAE has a history of welcoming residents from countries including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh who frequently use WhatsApp to connect with their family and friends, resulting in the loss in profits for local UAE telecommunication companies.
WhatsApp has been blocked by the Chinese Government during political campaigns because of the chat app’s strong encryption features.
The Chinese government censors content for mainly political reasons, but also to maintain its control over the populace. However, according to previous trends in China, these WhatsApp bans are usually only temporary and usually lifted within a few months.
Apple is making some major changes to the bug-bounty program it introduced in 2016, including the introduction of a new million-dollar reward.Apple has massively increased the amount it’s offering hackers for finding vulnerabilities in iPhones and Macs, up to $1 million. It’s by far the highest bug bounty on offer from any major tech company.
The company says it will pay out $1 million to security researchers who can carry out what is known as a zero-click full chain kernel execution attack with persistence. That means anyone who can get to the core of Apple's iOS operating system and gain control of an iPhone in a way that wouldn't require any user interaction would be eligible for the payout, as Forbes and TechCrunch explain.
That's a substantial difference from the $200,000 maximum it paid out to researchers when the program launched. It's also the biggest bug-bounty reward offered by a major technology company, according to Forbes. Those who spot a vulnerability in a beta version of Apple's software before it launches can also receive a 50% bonus.
Apple announced the changes to its bug-bounty program during the Black Hat cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas alongside other critical updates.
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In addition to the new $1 million reward, Apple also revealed that it's expanding the program to its other platforms such as macOS, tvOS, and watchOS, the software that powers its Mac, Apple TV, and Apple Watch products. The company is also nixing the program's invite-only requirement and is opening it to all researchers who wish to participate.
Chinese telecom giant Huawei unveiled its own operating system on Friday, as it faces the threat of losing access to Google’s Android platform amid escalating US-China trade tensions.
The highly anticipated operating system is considered crucial for the tech titan’s survival as it confronts a looming White House ban on US companies selling technology products to Huawei which could remove its access to Android.
Richard Yu, the head of Huawei’s consumer business, revealed HarmonyOS — HongMeng in Chinese — at a press conference in the southern city of Dongguan.
He said the first version would launch later this year in its smart screen products, before expanding across a range of smart devices including wearable technology over the next three years.
Huawei's new Operating System will be replacing the company's use of Android. Huawei has been working on its new operating system since earlier this year when a ban was placed on its use of, and collaboration with, American hardware and software companies.
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