Saudi Arabia To Ban Twitter, Skype, Viber and WhatsApp.
15 December 2013
Viber can be downloaded in S.Arabia after the Viber company had made new changes to its script that can beat the S.Arabia’s blocking of the App. Saudi Arabia said that the Viber app is still banned in that country as the provider didn’t agree to comply with its controlling requirements. There are no words from the Viber officials about the beating of the barrier.
Saudi Arabia Government is going to stop those internet services like Twitter and Skype, Viber and WhatsApp in the kingdom. The main reason is that these Apps are encrypted and can’t be controlled by the people in the Government. Saudi newspapers are reporting that the companies behind the applications have been given a week to respond. There was no explanation given of them for why the demand has been made. Many people believe that the government is losing revenue due to the free service.
Vast number of people from Saudi Arabia is using the social media platform to express their views under the freedom of speech. Recently
Two of the most influential Twitter users in Saudi Arabia are Muslim preachers, not opposition activists. Sheikh Mohamad al-Arefe has more than 4.3 million worldwide followers, while Sheikh Ayed al-Qarnee has over 2.8 million – sizable followings in a nation of 25 million people.
The number of Saudi Arabian Twitter users is booming. Between 2011 and 2012, the number of Twitter users in the Kingdom grew by 3,000 percent, Al-Arabiya estimated. Saudi Arabian Twitter users post an average of 50 million messages monthly, most of them in Arabic. Most internet users in Saudi Arabia use the micro-blogging website Twitter, nearly 51 percent of the country’s total internet users, are active on Twitter, followed by Turkey in second place with 39 percent.
Mean while if these services are stopped by the Saudis, then the expatriate workers and workers will be affected much as those people living there from India, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will be well affected financially. This is internet age and there will be another route for them to communicate with their families with the internet connection fee. It will take another 5 year to find and ban the App mean while another service will come and join as bridge between these poor workers and their families.
In the BBC web “One Saudi user told the local media that she would feel uncomfortable talking to her relative on Skype without her hijab (headscarf) if she believed someone might be monitoring her.”
So we will know about the ban within one week of time.
Source: BBC Web