Saudi to sensor call now

Chennai: Saudi Arabia has lifted the ban on calls made through online apps on Thursday but will monitor and censor them as, a government spokesman said.

All online voice and video call services like Microsoft’s Skype, Facebook’s WhatsApp and Messenger, and Viber, which satisfy regulatory requirements were set to become accessible overnight.

However, on Thursday morning, Messenger and Viber appeared to remain blocked inside the kingdom.

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.

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