The Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Hai’a) in Saudi Arabia plans to use WhatsApp, the popular mobile messaging service to connect to the local community, reported Gulf News.
The move comes amid reports that the popular smartphone application will be banned in the kingdom. Hai’a authorities in Al Qassim province of Saudi said that they would use the application for better and easier communication with people, which includes receiving complaints. Shaikh Abdullah Al Mansour, the spokesperson for Hai’a in Al Qassim said, “The committee is keen on using the latest technology for prompt interaction with the people.”
Saudi Arabia has the maximum number of users of social networks and microblogs. So, the move by the religious police who are considered ultra-conservative is a step towards change and reforms for the committee.