New Delhi: Meta-owned WhatsApp on Thursday launched proxy support for users around the world, such as the millions of people in Iran and elsewhere who remain denied the right to communicate freely and privately.
Choosing a proxy will enable them to connect to WhatsApp through servers created by volunteers and organizations around the world dedicated to helping people communicate freely.
“We make it easy for anyone to connect to WhatsApp using a proxy. So when a connection to WhatsApp is blocked, people have the ability to regain access,” said Will Cathcart, President of WhatsApp.
The company said that connecting through a proxy maintains the high level of privacy and security offered by WhatsApp.
“Your personal messages will remain protected with end-to-end encryption – ensuring that they remain between you and the person you’re communicating with and are not visible to anyone in between, not proxy servers, WhatsApp or Meta,” he said in a blog post.
This option is now available in the Settings menu for everyone running the latest version of WhatsApp.