WhatsApp with Saudi's comms crackdown? Messenger 'to be banned within days'
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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