CITC denies making threats to block WhatsApp

Saudi regulator responds to reports of pre-Ramadan blockage of messaging service

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CITC denies making threats to block WhatsApp The CITC has denied threatening to block WhatsApp.
By  Roger Field Published  June 17, 2013

Saudi Arabia's telecoms regulator, the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), has denied making comments that it would block popular messaging website WhatsApp before Ramadan unless it complied with telecom regulations.

The CITC issued a statement on its official Twitter account to deny that it had made comments that appeared in local media.

"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," Abdullah Al-Darrab, governor of the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), was quoted as saying in English-language Arab News.

Earlier this month, authorities cut off access to Viber, another online communications application, claiming that its publisher had refused to adhere to the Gulf state's regulatory conditions.

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