On June 5, Saudi Arabia completely banned the popular web-based communication app, Viber. Viber allows users to make calls, send text messages and share images and video files for free. Apparently, Viber and the Saudi government failed to come to an agreement, which led to the ban.
According to the Saudi Communications and Information Technology Commission, they stated on its website that “Viber doesn’t meet the regulatory requirements and laws in the kingdom.” This statement also warns that any other applications that do not comply to the rules and regulations will be banned as well. Back in March, Saudia Arabia threatened to ban Viber including Skype and WhatsApp. It won’t be a surprise to see Skype and WhatsApp banned within these next few months. Although the CITC did not mention the rules and regulations that were broken, local media reports said that the government wanted access to monitor calls and texts.
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How do you feel about the Viber ban in Saudi Arabia? Do you think the ban will be short-lived or will Skype and WhatsApp be banned too?
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