Video and video-calling apps have long been banned in the UAE
ToTok, a popular VoIP app, has been removed from the Google Play and Apple App stores, according to local media reports.
The removal of the app – which allows users to make video and voice calls – was initially revealed following resident reports on Saturday, December 21, according to Gulf News.
“I tried to send an invitation for my friend to use ToTok, but after several attempts, gave up,” a resident was quoted as saying. “It was also impossible to find it in the app stores.”
The free calling app became popular following Botim’s announcement to keep on providing communication services under the Singapore-based ToTok brand.
Some residents, however, have reported being able to continue using the service without interruption.
Voice and video-calling apps have long been banned in the UAE, with the country’s Telecommunications and Regulatory Authority (TRA) advising residents to subscribe to Botim and C’ME, which are provided by Etisalat and Du.