Not for the first time we are hearing the news of a particular country being against certain services on the Internet. The most famous being China imposing a ban on Google. But seems like Saudi Arabia is planning to take things to the next level. If the reports are to be believed then the Middle East country is all set to ban Whatsapp, skype and Viber from its residents.
The official news agency of Saudi Arabia SPA has declared that appropriate action would be taken against these services for failing to meet certain conditions. Not sure exactly what these conditions are but we do feel it maybe some privacy related issues. This move could probably hit the mobile emerging market in Saudi Arabia pretty hard. The three mentioned services are the backbone of modern smart phone world and you will find that people use all three or any one of the three as primary app to communicate with people.
According to a report in CNN it could well be that recent political protests were organized partially through Whatsapp which could be the main reason why the government wanted to monitor apps and eventually deciding to ban them. Protesting is not tolerated in Saudi Arabia. recently quiet a lot of noise was made about the encryption of data in BBM which could pose a threat to the national security of the country.
However, so far there has been no termination nor have we seen any updates from these apps to make changes for those in Saudi Arabia. But dont be surprised to see some action taken soon.