Saudi Regulator Blocks Viber Messaging Service, Threatens Others

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A woman, right, uses her mobile phone as she passes a currency exchange store in Cairo. Egypt may post a budget deficit of about 11 percent of GDP, HSBC said.

Saudi Arabia, the Arab world’s biggest economy, blocked the Viber messaging application service, the kingdom’s communication authority said.

Viber doesn’t meet the regulatory requirements and laws in the kingdom, the Saudi Communications and Information Technology Commission said today in statement on its website. The commission will “take appropriate action against any other applications or services that fail to comply with regulatory requirements,” it said in the statement.

In March, the commission said some Internet applications don’t comply with regulatory requirements. At the time, the regulator informed local services companies that they need to communicate with international application providers including Skype, WhatsApp and Viber to make sure that their offerings comply with regulations.

To contact the reporter on this story: Glen Carey in Riyadh at gcarey8@bloomberg.net

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