WhatsApp the Meta-owned platform has introduced proxy support for users across the globe including millions in Iran and around the world who remain restricted from communicating in a private and free manner.
Selecting a proxy allows users to connect to WhatsApp via servers that have been set up by volunteers and other organizations around the globe that are dedicated to enabling people to connect and communicate.
“We have made it simpler for users access to WhatsApp through proxy. When an account on WhatsApp has been blocked users can get access back,” said Will Cathcart the head of WhatsApp.
The company claimed that proxy connections maintain the highest security and privacy that WhatsApp offers.
“Your private messages will be secure with end-to-end encryption and ensure that they are kept with the individual you’re talking to and aren’t accessible to anyone else and not even those who proxy server, WhatsApp Meta, and WhatsApp Meta,” it said in an article on the blog.
It is available under the settings menu to all users using the most recent version of WhatsApp.
WhatsApp introduces proxy server connectivity to bypass the ban, internet shutdown
While the feature is accessible to users across the globe but it was developed specifically for users from Iran in the country which is where it was announced that the Islamic Republic banned WhatsApp and Instagram in order to quell anti-hijab protests that have been ongoing since September of last year.
Today, users will be able to communicate via WhatsApp even if the app is not available or is blocked in the country in the country they reside or don’t have access to the internet. Yes, users will now be able to access the Meta-owned platform via proxy servers that were created by volunteers and organizations.
Although the feature is accessible to users across the globe it was developed mostly for people from Iran which is in which it is believed that the Islamic Republic banned WhatsApp and Instagram in its efforts to stop the anti-hijab-related protests which have been taking place since the beginning of September, following the murder of Mahsa Amini in the hands of the nation’s ‘Morality police.’
Will Cathcart, CEO, of WhatsApp posted on Twitter for the announcement of the new feature.
“Happy Happy New Year! While we enjoyed the holiday by sending messages to our loved ones via WA but there are millions in Iran and across the world who are still restricted from communicating in private and without restriction. Today, we’re making it much easier for everyone access to WA by proxy,” Cathcart tweeted on Thursday.