Facetime Made Available in UAE

Apple has weakened restrictions on its programs in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as FaceTime has been made available in the country on Sunday, October 10.

Journalists in the UAE reported that FaceTime is operating properly for both voice and video calls to people in the country and abroad.

UAE authorities did not provide additional information on banning call apps but have allegedly barred WhatsApp, Facetime, Skype, Viber, and Facebook Messenger so it can shield the profits of state-owned telecommunications companies such as Etisalat and Du. 

Network filtering in the UAE discontinued the temporary availability of some free call apps to the public. 

Skype, WhatsApp, and other similar platforms remain blocked in the country.

Apple and UAE’s Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority have yet to release a statement on the matter.

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