Saudi Arabia to block WhatsApp within weeks

  • Saudi Arabia plans to block internet-based messaging tool WhatsApp within weeks if the firm fails to provide the kingdom with a way to be monitored, according to local media reports.

    Earlier this month, the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) banned Viber, a similar encrypted service.

    "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," CITC governor Abdullah Al-Darrab told Arab News.

    He added that Viber was blocked for non-compliance and that WhatsApp and Skype could be next for the same reason.

    According to Al-Darrab, it was likely that Whatsapp could be blocked before the holy month of Ramadan, which is expected to start on July 9.

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