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5 countries where WhatsApp is banned
Whatsapp stands out as one of the most widely utilized social media platforms globally, to the extent that it has become a substitute for communication.
However, an inherent drawback of excessive reliance on such text-based messaging services is the development of a fear of missing out and diminished self-esteem when expected responses do not materialize.
Despite these challenges, WhatsApp boasts an impressive user base of approximately 2 billion individuals worldwide.
Nevertheless, certain countries, for various reasons, have imposed restrictions on the use of WhatsApp features within their borders. Here are some notable instances.
WhatsApp faces limitations in China due to the country’s stringent censorship policies. Although users can employ alternative methods such as VPNs to access the platform, challenges persist in making voice or video calls.
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Owing to citizen uprisings and protests, the supreme leader of Iran declared a ban on WhatsApp usage. The authorities in Iran, amusingly, attribute this decision to a belief that WhatsApp, owned by Meta’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg, is part of a supposed Zionist conspiracy.
- North Korea
Internet access in North Korea is heavily regulated by the state, with only a select few from the ruling elite having permission to use the Internet.
Moreover, these individuals are prohibited from using foreign apps or websites, including WhatsApp.
Amidst a prolonged civil war since 2011, the Syrian government has intensified its control over communication and information. WhatsApp is among the apps banned or disrupted by the Syrian regime, perceived as a tool for activists and rebels to coordinate and communicate.
President Erdoğan’s government proposed legislation to criminalize disinformation and enhance control over social media, facing opposition from both parliament members and civil society.
Additionally, Turkish authorities sought user data from WhatsApp, a request the platform refused to comply with.