Authorities in Saudi Arabia ask YouTube to take down ‘offensive content material’

Authorities in Saudi Arabia have asked YouTube to remove indecent advertisements and videos being shown to users in the kingdom. AFP

Authorities in Saudi Arabia have requested YouTube to take away ‘offensive’ ads and movies being proven to customers within the kingdom.

A joint assertion by the Saudi Commissions of Audiovisual Media and the Communications and Info Know-how Fee mentioned the inappropriate content material of the adverts on YouTube was in opposition to Islamic legal guidelines, social values and media rules within the kingdom and on the platform.

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The assertion mentioned a request has been handed on to YouTube to take away the adverts and to observe rules.

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“We are going to observe up the dedication of the platform and, if the offensive content material continues to be broadcast, mandatory authorized measures which can be in keeping with the audiovisual communication and media rules within the nation, can be taken,” the assertion which was issued on Saturday mentioned.

The choice adopted latest tweets by Saudi residents who raised the problem with authorities asking for tighter management to be imposed on on-line content material.

“Posting pornographic ads that may destroy the values ​​and morals of our kids have unfold on YouTube,” Fahd Al Attawi wrote on Twitter.

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“As a part of your duty earlier than God, we hope you tackle YouTube to cease this ethical decadence, or do your nationwide obligation to guard our kids by blocking the positioning in Saudi Arabia.”

Saudi political author and member of the board of administrators of the Saudi Affiliation for Political Science Suleiman Aloqeliy wrote that such content material is offensive to Arab and Islamic ethics.

“You hardly open YouTube and never see indecent ads which can be directed in opposition to Arab and Islamic morals,” he wrote.

“With all respect to freedoms, can’t these firms be confronted with authorized motion geared toward stopping such campaigns which can be directed in opposition to our kids?”

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