Saudi Arabia to Lift Ban on Skype and Other Social Network Services

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Saudi Arabia to Lift Ban on Skype and Other Social Network Services Such Snapchat and Whatsapp 

After the ban on Skype and other social network services like Snapchat and Whatsapp in Saudi Arabia over a year now, Saudi Arabia’s telecommunications authority said the ban will be lifted in the country today at 8 pm ET, this was made known on twitter post of the ministry.

The Telecommunications authority said that Saudi Arabia is lifting the ban because the ministry discovered that the fast growth of internet business will play a positive role on the growth of the country’s economy and also create more employment opportunities.

This was realized after Leap Ventures partner Hala Fadel, wrote on 2016 that it was a prime time for Middle East countries to start investing in digital business “With 70% of the population under age 30, the Arabs are a hyper-social and hyper-digital population.” Saudi Arabia’s information ministry seems to agree with Fadel, saying that a digital transformation will boost the nation’s economy. “Digital transformation is one of the key kick-starters for the Saudi economy, as it will incentivize the growth of internet-based businesses, especially in the media and entertainment industries,” the ministry said in a Twitter statement today.

The ministry also said that it will allow any voice and video apps that meet its rules and regulations but will still restrict an internet access for extremist, pornographic, or gambling websites in the country.

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