Saudi Arabia says it will take “suitable measures” if providers of internet messaging applications such as WhatsApp fail to comply with its rules. The move comes a week after the government warned providers to comply with censorship requirements.
Internet applications such as Skype and Viber are also at risk of being banned if they do not meet the government’s specific demands. “Some telecom applications over the Internet protocol currently do not meet the regulatory conditions” in the kingdom, the Communications and Information Technology Commission said in a Sunday statement carried by SPA state news agency.
The commission has told service providers in Saudi Arabia to work with developers of such applications to “quickly meet the regulatory conditions,” but did not explain how they violated the government’s rules.
“The commission will take suitable measures regarding these applications and services if those conditions are not met,” it said. Read the rest of this entry →