Sergei Dragun | 08/10/2020
Using a VPN allows users to access the online service from an encrypted tunnel and bypass blockages.
More and more governments around the world are trying to control the information their citizens have access to, ”said Harold Lee, vice president of ExpressVPN, a company with 3,000 servers in 94 countries.
Therefore, VPN is used to access blocked sites and services in many countries around the world.
ExpressVPN traffic jumped 10% in the US following a possible ban on TikTok.
A similar surge occurred in Japan and Australia, which saw traffic increases of 19% and 41%, after local governments said they could block TikTok.
When India officially shut down TikTok, ExpressVPN jumped 22%.
Unfortunately, using a VPN is not a magic wand. Governments can make it harder to access VPN services by removing them from local app stores. Users will need to
register with another regional store, and this may involve additional barriers such as owning a local credit card.
In addition, switching to another application may incur additional costs. This is especially noticeable on applications with a large number of users, such as WeChat. American users
WeChat has nothing to replace it – for the Chinese diaspora in the United States, it is the only way to connect with relatives and friends in China. WeChat is installed by 1 billion people, and other messengers in China
difficult to access. In addition to WeChat, Apple’s Signal and iMessenge messengers can be used in the country. Telegram and WhattsApp cannot be downloaded.
According to Pavel Durov, US actions against TikTok are setting a dangerous precedent that could ultimately kill the Internet as a truly global network, or what remains of it.