The Vietnamese government is looking to formulate new policies to ‘manage’ free over-the-top (OTT) services such as Viber and Whatsapp, Reuters reports, citing a statement from Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. Free internet-based services are said to be harming the country’s network operators, including military-owned Viettel, which told state media that it would stand to lose as much as ‘40%-50% of its revenue’ if all of its customers used OTT apps instead of traditional messaging and calls.
Web messaging services like WhatsApp have surpassed SMS text traffic for the first time ever, according to a report from Informa.
Saudi Arabia might pull the plug on a number of popular messenger applications such as Viber, Skype and WhatsApp. The trouble with instant messaging apps is that they can't be censored and that's not what the House of Saud likes to hear.
The WhatsApp mobile messaging service is still breaching privacy laws, an investigation by the Dutch and Canadian provacy watchdogs has concluded.
Bringing together two services beloved by every teenager, Facebook may be about to buy messaging service Whatsapp.