The Commission has given a week asking service providers to respond reports Middle East Online. In case they fail to comply the commission may take strict actions resulting in a ban of these applications, a source from Saudi Telecommunications Company revealed.

Another industry source said that the whole plan has been worked upon by the telecom operators forcing the commission to impose a ban on the messenger applications due to the damage caused by such free messaging services.

A similar kind of a warning to ban the instant messenger service of Black Berry was ordered by the Saudi Arabian Government in 2010 if in case the local service operators fail to censor the messenger service. However the instant messaging service went on in the kingdom uninterruptedly.