WhatsApp Faces Saudi Ban Within Weeks
Published on: 16th Jun 2013
By: Ian Mansfield
Popular OTT application WhatsApp faces being blocked by the Saudi Arabian regulators within the next few weeks if it doesn't instal a local server to allow messages to be monitored.
Viber was blocked last week, and the CITC said that it will block WhatsApp before Ramadan (7th July) if the company doesn't come into line with local regulations. A similar threat has been issued to Skype.
"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," Abdullah Al-Darrab, governor of the CITC, told Arab News.
Asked when WhatsApp services would be blocked, the CITC chief replied: "It is highly likely before Ramadan."
On the web: Arab News