The government of Saudi Arabia may move to block Skype and WhatsApp in the coming weeks, new reports suggest.
According to local newspapers, the Kingdom’s regulators are pushing for the firms in charge of Skype and WhatsApp to comply with requirements they have put forward.
The move by the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) follows the banning of Viber, another communications tool, in the country.
One of the reasons why Viber was banned and why WhatsApp may be banned is because these apps are hard to monitor.
Furthermore, services like these take away from the revenue generated by telecoms companies through calls and texts. Viber and WhatsApp lets users text and call each other provided they have internet connection.
Arab News quotes Abdullah Al-Darrab of the CTIC saying, “We have been communicating with WhatsApp and other similar communication platforms to get them to cooperate and comply with the Saudi telecom providers, however nothing has come of this communication yet.”
According to the official, Skype and WhatsApp may be next to be blocked after Viber. The CTIC official said the block may come before the holy month of Ramadan start on July 9.
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