No app for that: Saudi Arabia to block WhatsApp ‘in days’

Saudi Arabia telecom regulator is set to block WhatsApp in the Kingdom ‘in days’. (File photo: AFP)

Saudi Arabia’s Communication and Information Technology Commission (CITC) is set to suspend WhatsApp smartphone application in the Kingdom within days, high-level sources told the Al-Hayat newspaper.

Communication between the CITC and the California-based WhatsApp showed that the company behind the free-messaging application refused to meet the regulator’s requests, reported the newspaper.

If banned, WhatsApp would not be the first web-based communication service to be blocked, as Viber application was already suspended in June. The CITC said in a statement that the Viber block was due to it failing to meet operational requirements.

Earlier in March, CITC announced that it was reviewing a number of internet-based free communications applications, including Skype, Viber, and WhatsApp, among others.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:40 - GMT 06:40
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