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Saudi Arabia To Revoke Ban On Skype and WhatsApp Calls

Saudi arabia to remove ban on telecommunication like skype and whatsapp calls, but will keep monitoring it

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Saudi Arabia, September 22, 2017: Saudi Arabian government as part of economic reforms is to lift the ban on calls through networking apps Skype and WhatsApp, but will keep an eye on all the calls as stated by the government spokesperson.

The government in order to transform its economy that aids in enlargement of the business and broaden the economy to the low price of oil plans to provide access to other video and audio call services including Facebook messenger and Viber that fulfills the necessities of the regulation of the authorities.

The spokesperson of telecoms regulator of Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), Adel Abu Hameed through, Arabiya TV said the idea behind imposing the regulation is to keep away the content that violated the laws of the region and also to keep intact the personal information of the user.

He also added that the apps, both local and global cannot be used in any way without being censored by CITC or monitoring.

The government although have not made it clear as to how they are going to undertake this regulation on end-to-end encryption apps like WhatsApp which do not allow anyone to read the customers’ messages event after the enforcement of the law.

Saudi Arabia banned the widely used services for internet communication from 2013 onwards stating them to be used by the activists against for the norms of the government. The government still keep a check on the restricted content such as gambling sites, pornography, and extremist material.

At the end of May 2017, Saudi Arabia blocked the access to the website of Al Jazeera after the country put an end to all the Qatar links over supporting terrorism and having ties with Iran.

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However, it is believed that reversing the Saudi Arabian ban can adversely affect the three main telecom operators – Saudi Telecom Co (STC), Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) and Zain Saudi of Saudi Arabia, which has been generating major revenue from international calls.

The Gulf Arab neighbours have also raised concerned about the security in the usage of internet communications.

Censorship over internet increased in Saudi Arabia after ‘Arab Spring’ uprising in 2011.The authorities also claim that they have been using the IP addresses to block around 400,000 websites that could harm the public interest.

– prepared by Abhishek Biswas of NewsGram Twitter: @Writing_desire

 

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YouTube videos can now be watched on WhatsApp messenger

WhatsApp launched a new feature which will allow you to watch YouTube videos in the messenger itself

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YouTube videos can now be watched in the WhatsApp messenger itself. Pixabay
YouTube videos can now be watched in the WhatsApp messenger itself. Pixabay
  • WhatsApp launched a new feature for iOS users
  • iOS users can watch YouTube videos on WhatsApp messenger
  • The feature requires a WhatsApp update to version 2.18.11

We all wished that we could watch YouTube videos while chatting on WhatsApp. Our wish has come true! WhatsApp has finally come up with a new feature for iOS users where they can play YouTube videos right within the WhatsApp messenger.

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All you need to do is update your WhatsApp version to the 2.18.11 update on Apple App Store, that brings bug fixes and general improvements, in order to remotely receive the activation of this feature.

This new feature is for iOS user only, it is yet to be launched for android. Pixabay
This new feature is for iOS user only, it is yet to be launched for Android. Pixabay

Once WhatsApp is updated, you will be able to watch YouTube videos whenever someone sends you a YouTube link. You no longer will have to move out of the WhatsApp messenger to watch it.

To view a YouTube video on WhatsApp, users simply have to share or receive the URL in a chat and they will see the play button in a bubble.

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Earlier, when users clicked on the link, the YouTube video would open in YouTube app installed on the smartphones.

To use this feature you need to update your WhatsApp version to 2.18.11. Pixabay
To use this feature you need to update your WhatsApp version to 2.18.11. Pixabay

“Fortunately, WhatsApp has worked to allow videos not to be stopped when the user changes the chat,” WABetaInfo said.

The update is yet to come to Android and Windows users.

WhatsApp has over 200 million monthly active users in India and 1.2 billion users worldwide. (IANS)