Periscope blocked in the UAE

New video streaming app Periscope is no longer available in the United Arab Emirates, owner Twitter has confirmed

Knowledge story, The Knowledge

Found yourself a little bit obsessed with Periscope in the last few months? Then you might have noticed the mobile phone streaming service is no longer working.

The brand, which was purchased by Twitter for what’s thought to be $100millon in March, can’t be accessed here after being blacked in the UAE.

Many enjoyed the service to stream live broadcasts to their followers on the microblogging website, gaining subscribers by promoting their feed with tweets.


Twitter has acknowledged that the app has been blocked in the United Arab Emirates, however have not said whether it’s a result of a decision made by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority.

Meanwhile Periscope claimed it was trying to sort out the issue, according to The National newspaper.

The halt in service may come as no surprise to those who can no longer talk on Skype or share video images on Facebook video.

Periscope is most popular in the emirate of Dubai and according To data is was mentioned 46,600 times in the UAE from May to July.

It’s thought that access has been restricted as regulators may not be able to tell or control what kind of content is being shared via the medium.

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