Saudi Arabia lifts ban on voice and video calling apps

Saudi Arabia is removing a ban on Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services, such as Skype. VoIP apps have been prohibited since 2013, as the regime claimed they didn’t comply with the country’s regulations. According to the ministry of communications, the decision to allow access to VoIP is ‘an important step in the kingdom’s Internet regulation’, which would ‘reduce operational costs and spur digital entrepreneurship.’ The ministry said that it will continue regulating the Internet to restrict content that violates the Saudi laws.