Saudi lifting ban on Skype, WhatsApp calls, but will censor them

Saudi lifting ban on Skype, WhatsApp calls, but will censor them

Saudi lifting ban on Skype, WhatsApp calls, but will censor them

RIYADH (Reuters) – The Saudi government is lifting a ban on calls made through online apps on Thursday but will monitor and censor them, a government spokesman said.All online voice and video call services – such as Microsoft’s Skype, Facebook’s WhatsApp and Messenger, and Rakuten’s Viber – that satisfy regulatory requirements were set to become accessible overnight.However, on Thursday morning, Viber appeared to remain blocked inside the kingdom, and WhatsApp worked only when connected to a wireless network.Adel Abu Hameed, spokesman for telecoms regulator CITC, said on Arabiya TV on Wednesday that new regulations were aimed mainly at protecting users’ personal information and blocking content that violated the kingdom’s laws.

Källa: Saudi lifting ban on Skype, WhatsApp calls, but will censor them

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