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No WhatsApp for Saudi Arabia

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July 10, 2013 11:52 by

Saudi Arabia’s Communication and Information Technology Commission (CITC) is set to suspend WhatsApp, a smartphone application, in the Kingdom within days, sources told the Al-Hayat newspaper.

The communication between CITC and the California-based WhatsApp Inc. 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. Viber, a Voice-Over-Internet smartphone application, was already suspended in June. CITC said that Viber was blocked because it failed 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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