French Tiktok ban makes VPN usage soar in New Caledonia

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People in New Caledonia have reportedly been turning to the best VPN services to keep accessing the TikTok app.

The French government announced the ban on the popular video-sharing app yesterday (May 15, 2024) to quell violent clashes spreading across the South Pacific oversee territory among other measures, after declaring a state of emergency.

The move seems not to have stopped citizens from finding a way to stay connected, though. Speaking to TechRadar, Proton VPN confirmed a 150% increase in VPN sign-ups above baseline, starting shortly after TikTok got shut down.

Graph showing a spike in Proton VPN signups in New Caledonia starting from May 15, 2024.

Via Proton VPN Observatory, the provider monitor VPN usage spikes to act as an alarm bell when sudden censorship takes place. (Image credit: Proton)

“People turn to VPNs during turbulent times to ensure they can access the free and fair internet in the face of blocks,” a Proton VPN spokesperson told me.





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