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Facebook Blocked in Saudi Arabia Due to Moral Values

Saudi Arabia : 15 November 2010

Facebook is under a blockage in Saudi Arabia due to the fact that the popular online social networking platform goes against the conservative morals of the Kingdom, according to an official with the communications authority.

An official stated that the Communications and Information Technologies Commission in Saudi put blocks on the site over the weekend, causing an error to display when users attempted to login and view the site.

That same official commented that although content on Facebook had “crossed a line” in regards to the conservative morals of the kingdom, the block is likely temporary.

The official would only speak anonymously due to the fact that he is unauthorized to discuss the issue with the media.

There is a strict interpretation of Islamic laws within Saudi Arabia and the leaders in the religious sector have power and influence within policy making and social arenas.

Both Bangladesh and Pakistan have placed temporary bans on Facebook in 2010.

Andrew Reid, Staff Writer, Gulf Jobs Market News
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