A source at the Department of Computer Crime of Dubai Police revealed to Emarat Al Youm that the department had received several complaints from extortion victims.
It isn’t clear exactly why the features have been blocked in the country.
Some residents of Dubai have fallen victims of sexual blackmail after they were lured into having video chats via apps on social networking sites such as Badoo Facebook and Skype, according to the Arabic daily ‘Emarat Al Youm’.
The newspaper said the victims didn’t realise that they were being trapped by professional gangs lured men to appear naked in the front of webcams, recorded the scenes and then blackmailed them.
The service had been banned because it failed to “comply with regulations”, an official told local news services.
It threatened that any other app that fails to comply with those regulations will also be banned.