How Hong Kong protesters are embracing ‘offline’ messaging apps to avoid being snooped on

The internet may be vulnerable to state intervention, but demonstrators in Hong Kong have found a way around it to stay connected to each other. As pro-democracy rallies rage in the territory, protestors are increasingly giving up on SMS, emails and China’s social media Swiss army knife WeChat in favor of peer-to-peer mesh networking apps like Bridgefy and FireChat. With the government keeping a close eye on social networks — homegrown and elsewhere — in an attempt to stifle dissent, these off-the-grid messaging apps have proven to be a blessing in disguise. According to Forbes, downloads of Bridgefy has skyrocketed by 4,000 percent…

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