China is infamous for cracking down on apps that don’t let the federal government monitor content material on them. And encrypted messaging app Sign being down for a lot of customers within the nation is seemingly one other case of that.
Earlier this morning, lots of people primarily based in China reported that Sign is just not working for them except they use a VPN (Digital Non-public Community) service.
As TechCrunch famous, the web site of the app has been banned within the nation since yesterday, whereas the app remains to be obtainable on the App Retailer. So for now, there aren’t any authorities orders for Apple to take away the app.
In accordance with app analytics agency SensorTower, the iOS model of Sign has been downloaded over 510,000 occasions in China so far. Globally, the app has crossed 100 million downloads throughout the App Retailer and the Play Retailer.
Whereas Google Play is just not formally obtainable in China, various Android app shops don’t listing Sign due to the nation’s censorship legislation.
In January, when WhatsApp issued an replace to its privateness coverage, a ton of customers began emigrate to Sign and Telegram, together with those in China. Nevertheless, there’s no approach to monitor messages on Sign due to end-to-end encryption safety for chats.
We don’t know as of now if this ban is everlasting, however due to the messaging app’s privacy-focused nature, I gained’t be shocked if that’s the case.
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Printed March 16, 2021 — 06:50 UTC