China has reportedly ordered the three main state owned telecom carriers namely China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom to block all personal VPNs by February 1, 2018. The ban is coming as the government plans to impose greater laws to regulate the way internet is used in the country. Also affected by the ban are some major social apps like Facebook, Snapchat and WhatsApp. According to report, China has one of the most restrict and censored internet government in the world.
Just to show you are worst things are, a 2015 Wikipedia report revealed that more than 3000 has been banned by the Chinese government for various offense. This number certainly, may have raising more than that. For a communist country like China, VPN plays and important role as it helps the citizens of the country to access blocked site banned by the government.
WhatsApp inclusion to the ban came as a shock cause there was no notice about it. The people of China woke up last week to find out that could no longer send or receive images and by Wednesday, connection to Whatsapp servers was totally lost and inaccessible. The restrictions has reportedly extended to practically every aspect of the internet. Apps that are not affected by the strict Censorship Rules include the likes of WeChat, Weibo, and Baidu. This because, these apps follows the censorship rules laid out by the government.