Periscope streaming app blocked in the UAE

Owner company Twitter confirms new video streaming app is no longer available in the United Arab Emirates
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UAE fans of the newest mobile phone video streaming service may have found today that the popular platform is - for them at least - no more.

Periscope, which was purchased by Twitter for an estimated $100millon in March, can now no longer be accessed within the region after it was blocked in the UAE.

Prior to the ban, many had enjoyed streaming 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 it has 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, share video images on Facebook video or communicate on dating app Tinder.

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

It is 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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