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WhatsApp voice call not banned by Saudi regulator

Communications and Information Technology Commission said the decision came from the WhatsApp company

WhatsApp voice call not banned by Saudi regulator
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The decision to ban WhatsApp voice call in Saudi Arabia was taken by the WhatsApp company, revealed the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) on Tuesday.

The CITC, the Kingdom's telecom regulator, said in a statement that the voice call service is not available in many countries, including some GCC states, because its company fails to comply with the countries' regulations, reported the Saudi Press Agency.

The statement was made following media coverage regarding the halt of the WhatsApp voice call in the Kingdom.

The CITC stated its desire to provide the public with the latest the communications technology, but only if they are in line with Saudi's rules and regulations.

The WhatsApp voice call was first blocked in March last year after telecom companies complained it was causing them big losses.

It was blocked again earlier this year but suddenly resumed on Saturday.

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