Saudi Arabia has pulled some of the features of Facebook Messenger and Imo messaging service. Netizens of Saudi Arabia were astonished on learning that voice and video calling feature on Facebook Messenger and Imo have taken down. These features were already blocked on instant messaging services like WhatsApp and Viber. Following these apps, Messenger and Imo were the latest to be reported to have these features blocked on them.
The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) blocked these features on these apps citing they failed to comply with telecom regulations. “Appropriate action will be taken against applications or services that do not comply with the regulations,” according to sources.
When calling through Imo, there is a ringing alert but with no connectivity. When making a call using these smartphone apps, a message appears on the screen saying, “calling unavailable because your carrier or country does not support the service.”
The banning of some features on these apps and services are apparently due to the fact of persuading by local telecom operators, according to sources. To increase the revenue of telecom operators, they have been blocked. As of now, Tango and Line were the only apps that support connectivity.