The Saudi Arabian authorities are finally unblocking WhatsApp, Skype, and Viber. Arab News has reported that voice and video calling apps like Skype, Viber and WhatsApp shall be unblocked in Saudi Arabia from the subsequent week.
Again in 2013, Viber was the first Web-based calling app to get axed by the Saudi authorities for failing to adjust to “unspecified regulations”. Within the following months, Skype and WhatsApp have been additionally blocked with a menace that extra apps would even be banned if they didn’t observe the regulations set in place by the government. Nonetheless, it was by no means made clear whether or not the ban was on the idea of censorship or enterprise interests.
Nonetheless, four years after the primary ban was placed, the Saudi authorities are all set to reinstate the utilization of the aforementioned apps. Nonetheless, all exercise on these apps shall be strictly monitored by authorities regulatory bodies and different service providers. Furthermore, with a purpose to guarantee transparency, telecom corporations shall be required to submit a quarterly index of complaints filed by subscribers.
Abdullah bin Amer Al-Sawahah, the minister of Communications and Info Technology, has stated that coordination between the Communications and Info Technology Commission and telecom service suppliers is underway to allow Saudi residents to profit from purposes that present voice and video communication providers
He went on to say, “This fruitful cooperation between the Kingdom’s telecoms partners comes under the umbrella of ‘Customer First,’ a policy in which everyone works in order to give all telecom subscribers in the Kingdom the best services that meet their expectations and satisfy their needs.”