December 07, 2023

WhatsApp messaging service blocked in North Korea, users say

Block of messaging service comes after China imposed restrictions in September 2017

The WhatsApp instant messaging service has been blocked for users in North Korea since the second half of December, multiple foreigners living in the city told NK News.

The service, which offers secure end-to-end encryption that makes it difficult for messages and calls to be monitored or intercepted, can now only be accessed by users in North Korea through a virtual private network (VPN) connection, three resident users said.