Instant messaging service WhatsApp will allow users to connect through a proxy server so they can stay online if the network is blocked or interrupted.
The tech giant, owned by Meta, said it hoped blackouts like the one in Iran will never happen again.They deprived people of human rights and cut off people from receiving urgent aid.
"WhatsApp's global community is committed to helping people communicate freely, and said it will provide guidance on how to start doing so. Connecting through a proxy server, maintains the same level of privacy and security that WhatsApp provides," it said in a blog post.
Your private messages will still be protected with end-to-end encryption ensuring that they remain between you and the person you are communicating with and are not visible to any of them, not proxies, WhatsApp or Meta.
Juras Jursenas, from the agency and online data collection company Oxylabs, told BBC News that,for people with government restrictions on internet access, as was the case in Iran, using a proxy server can allow people to maintain a connection with WhatsApp and places other online free, uncensored internet.
It will allow people around the world to stay connected even if their internet access is blocked.
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