WhatsApp said proxy support on the app is now officially available for users with the latest version.
According to a recent blog post, WhatsApp will allow any user to access to the service using a proxy server. The change appears to be mainly geared at Iran, where the authorities have shut down the internet owing to months of violent demonstrations, and is primarily focused at individuals who are in countries where WhatsApp is prohibited or if there is an internet shutdown.
The instant messaging service WhatsApp announced on January 5 a new feature that allows users to connect through proxy servers so they can stay online even when the Internet is blocked or interrupted by shutdowns.
Meta Stages Inc’s WhatsApp said on Thursday clients of the informing application can now involve intermediary servers to get to the assistance in nations where the application is obstructed.
An intermediary server is a middle person among clients and web administrations and goes about as a web channel that permit netizens to bypass limitations and restriction.
WhatsApp said intermediary support on the application is presently authoritatively accessible for clients with the most recent adaptation.
Clients in nations, for example, Iran and Syria have utilized virtual confidential organization (VPN) administrations to explore around web restriction.
The informing administration said, “on the off chance that these closures proceed, we trust this arrangement helps individuals any place there is a requirement for secure and dependable correspondence.”
We continue to fight for your right to communicate freely and privately.
Now, when connecting to WhatsApp directly is not possible, you can stay connected around the world through a server set up by volunteers and organizations dedicated to helping others communicate freely.
— WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) January 5, 2023
On the topic of helping users if WhatsApp is blocked in their country, the messaging app wrote: “If WhatsApp is blocked in your country, you can use a proxy to stay connected and connect with friends and family to chat. By connecting to WhatsApp through a proxy, personal messages live included with end-to-end encryption.