WhatsApp begins the year 2023 with one ambition: to escape digital censorship all over the world.

Instant messaging announced on Thursday the launch of a proxy server service, reports



Its goal is to allow its users to continue using the application "even if internet access is cut off", according to the post published on WhatsApp's blog.

The company belonging to the Meta group wants to go even further: proxy servers should make it possible to use messaging even in countries where the application is blocked and censored.

If WhatsApp is blocked in your country, you can use a proxy to stay connected and chat with friends and family 📲

When connecting to WhatsApp via proxy, personal messages will remain protected by end-to-end encryption 🔒

Learn to access a proxy here: https://t.co/WleKzNOdKX

— WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) January 5, 2023

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WhatsApp has uploaded on Github all the necessary information to create a proxy, which requires having a server with ports 80, 443 or 5222 and a domain name or subdomain pointing to the address Server IP.

The addresses will then be shared privately to users who wish to access the application.

To reassure its users, WhatsApp clarified that the use of a proxy server had no impact on the confidentiality of messages, which are always protected by end-to-end encryption.

Connection to a proxy server is already possible via the app settings with the latest update.


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