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Saudi rules out ban on BlackBerry Messenger

22 May 2010

Saudi Arabia's Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has said there is no reason to ban BlackBerry's controversial messenger service, Arab News has reported. The statement is in response to rumours that the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) would be banned in the kingdom following reports that CITC had asked the device's Canadian manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM) to allow the regulator to be able to monitor messages sent via the service. "We look at the needs of society as well as the regulatory aspects of the BlackBerry service in a balanced manner. The organizational framework does not permit anyone to exploit the service. Therefore, there is no need for stopping the service," deputy governor of CITC for legal matters Daifallah Al-Zahrani, said.

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