Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Social networking website Facebook blocked in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia unblocks Facebook after hours of ban
Social networking web site Facebook cannot be accessed in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, for now.
According to an official of Saudi Arabia’s Communications and Information Technology Commission, Facebook doesn’t conform with the kingdom’s conservative values. The site is inaccessible since Saturday, but the official said blocking the site is just a temporary measure.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak to the media.
Saudi Arabia follows a strict interpretation of Islam and religious leaders have strong influence over policy making and social mores.
Pakistan and Bangladesh both imposed temporary bans on Facebook this year. (With reports from AP)

Saudi Arabia - Facebook users in Saudi Arabia are having problems accessing their Facebook accounts. Facebook homepage was allegedly blocked by Saudi Arabian government today. Upon typing Facebook login page in the URL, users will be redirected to the green colored restriction page of Saudi Arabia.
Facebook users  from  Saudi Arabia can check this Yahoo! Answers discussion where other users are also complaining about the alleged Facebook ban in Saudi Arabia.

However, Facebook pages such as user’s own profile page could be accessed. Updates through user’s profile could also be made.
No official announcement has been made by the Saudi government. But according to the Yahoo! Answers thread this might be due to Islam’s mockery in Facebook.

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