Viber back in Saudi Arabia: Report

Online messenger application used by millions of people

Gulf News

Dubai: Saudi news site Sabq on Monday said that Viber, the popular internet messenger application, was back in Saudi Arabia days after it was suspended.

Citing technical sources, the site said that users were able to send and receive calls and messages.

However, Saudis contacted by phone could not confirm the report.

The report did not specify whether the application company complied with the requirements imposed by Saudi Arabia or if it found “other ways”.

Saudi authorities last week banned Viber for allegedly failing to comply with the country’s regulations.

Reacting to the ban, Talmon Marco, Viber’s founder and chief executive, said the company hoped to find a solution to restore operations within weeks.

Viber is hugely popular among the millions of expatriates living in the country and among the thousands of Saudis studying abroad and their families.