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WhatsApp now supports proxy servers to bypass blocking.

Published: 2023-01-06

WhatsApp, one of the world's most popular instant messengers, has been blocked in a number of countries, so the Meta company that owns it has decided to fight these restrictions, and the application has the ability to connect through a proxy server.

Connecting through proxy servers is sometimes used for additional protection when browsing the Internet, but this solution also allows you to bypass blocking. According to Meta, the proxy servers available to WhatsApp users will be created by "volunteers and organizations that stand for freedom of communication." It is emphasized that even when connected through third-party resources, end-to-end encryption in the messenger continues to work, without opening access to content to anyone other than interlocutors - neither Meta nor the administration of WhatsApp itself can read the correspondence.

The new feature comes after Meta services, including WhatsApp, were blocked in a Middle Eastern country following mass protests, which the company says is a violation of human rights. The messenger administration has also published detailed instructions for creating and configuring your own proxy servers for everyone. Connection through third-party resources is already available in new versions of the application for iPhone and Android.