UAE blocks access to live-streaming apps
UAE users unable to access Periscope or Meerkat
The UAE’s mobile operators have reportedly blocked access to Periscope and Meerkat, the two leading live video streaming apps.
It is unclear whether the block is as a result of a directive from the country’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), or if the operators, du and Etisalat, have blocked the services of their own accord.
ITP.net has tested both Periscope and Meerkat on the Etisalat network, with neither app allowing users to log in. Users on the du network have reported the same problem.
Neither the TRA or the operators have commented on the block.
The services allow users to live stream video from their mobile devices. Using the apps, people can broadcast video streams, or else tune into to other live streams being put out by other users.
Launched earlier this year, Meerkat racked up hundreds of thousands of users within a few weeks of launching. Weeks later, Twitter bought Meerkat competitor Periscope and launched it with full integration with the Twitter service.