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Government Official 'Embarrassed' By UAE Snapchat Call Block

This Snapchat-Loving Government Official Labels UAE Call Blocking "An Embarrassment"

Earlier this week it all kicked off when many UAE-based social media users realized that Snapchat banned voice and video calling.

Despite the government insisting the Snapchat calling feature was shut off as a security concern, it seems one member of the Federal National Council isn't down with it either.

As the youngest member, Saeed Al Remeithi, argued that it's about time those in the United Arab Emirates had the same web surfing opportunities as the rest of the world, pointing out that a lot of money goes to telephone networks from those using apps and videos.

The 32-year-old - who goes by s_6 on the app - added that himself and other representatives were "embarrassed" that Snapchat's most useful feature had been blocked and mentioned how the United Nations saw the internet as a human right.

For now the head of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority has made it clear the UAE isn't the only country clamping down on the service, with Morocco against it plus UK and France considering slamming the brakes on some features.

And the FNC's meeting could result in du and Etisalat costs reduced, according to The National, so watch this space.

Image Source: Instagram user rm
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