Though various press reports have claimed that Saudi Arabia’s telecoms regulator the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) wants to shut down WhatsApp before Ramadan, the CITC says no such plans are there, nor is their any communication to do so.
According to massive media reports, the CITC was to shut down nearly free instant messaging app WhatsApp if it does not comply with its laws before Ramadan.
The CITC however issued a statement denying any such plans: “We have been communicating with WhatsApp and other similar communication platforms to get them to co-operate and comply with the Saudi telecom providers, however nothing has come of this communication yet.”
Contrary to its latest statement, earlier reports claimed that CITC said WhatsApp had refused to give in to the regulator’s demands:”We have been communicating with WhatsApp and other similar communication platforms to get them to cooperate and comply with the Saudi telecom providers, however nothing has come of this communication yet.”
The reports claim CITC had wanted WhatsApp had refused to establish a local server to allow it to monitor user activity and the only solution was to block their services in the country.
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