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Saudi Arabia threatens to ban Skype, Whatsapp

  • Encrypted messaging services such as Skype, Viber and WhatsApp may be blocked in Saudi Arabia, according to the country’s telecommunications regulator.

    The move comes in a bid to monitor the applications, which Saudis say that would hinder their communications.

    According to Saudi media reports, the companies behind the applications have been given a week to respond.

    No reason was given as to why the demands were made.

    Several years ago, Saudi authorities set out to curb the Blackberry messaging service.

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