Thursday 6 June 2013

Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) Internet-based communications applications Viber is completely banned in Saudi Arabia. Regulatory agency pointed out that the ban has been implemented, because it is difficult for them to Viber monitoring activities. In addition, it also deprived the telecom operators' revenues from international calls and text messages.

CITC issued a statement on its website, said regulators will take action against any other service or application, "if they do not comply with regulatory requirements, rules are in effect the Kingdom."

Those who tried to use the application were met with messages like “No Service” and “Blocked”.

Saudi Authorities had previously imposed a compulsion on local operators to provide method of censorship and monitoring of online messaging and video chatting applications like Skype, Viber and Whatsapp on the grounds that these applications were being used for profane, blasphemous language and indecent video chat. The local operator had been ordered to ask the service providers to provide the censorship measures.
This action will severely affect the immigrants in Saudi Arabia who find it very cheap and affordable to talk to their loved ones via online chatting and calling services and it would be a serious blow to their pockets.


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