An interesting thing happened on Saturday and we saw a request from Saudi Arabia to remove obscene content from YouTube! In fact, Saudi Arabia wants to Islamize YouTube content.
Saudi Arabian government officials, in a statement on Saturday, requested the management of YouTube, which is affiliated with Google, to remove content that contradicts the Islamic values and principles of Saudi Arabia from this video sharing service platform.
On Saturday, August 1, the General Directorate of Audiovisual Media and the Saudi Communications and Information Technology Commission, in a joint statement, issued their request regarding the observance of values and principles by YouTube. In this request, the commitment of various digital platforms to the current laws and regulations in Saudi Arabia is emphasized.
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Saudi Arabia’s request to remove obscene content from YouTube
In Saudi Arabia’s request to remove obscene content from YouTube, it is stated: “Based on the follow-ups, it has been observed that the YouTube platform displays advertisements for its users inside the country of Saudi Arabia, which includes broadcasting content that is contrary to Islamic and social values and principles and It is a violation of media content in Saudi Arabia and the policy of the YouTube platform.”
As a result, the General Directorate of Audiovisual Media and the Saudi Communications and Information Technology Commission requested to remove these advertisements and comply with the regulations. Also, in this statement, they have warned that if the infringing content continues to appear, necessary legal measures will be taken in accordance with the communication statutes and audiovisual media.
Saudi activists had asked the authorities to remove what they described as “disastrous” advertisements on YouTube. Fahad Al-Baqami, a self-described “tech and e-commerce enthusiast” who has more than a million followers on Twitter, also tweeted about the removal of YouTube ads on Twitter.
He stated in a post on Wednesday that Saudi users are one of the most populous users of YouTube, so YouTube can be easily pressured to remove and filter ads with inappropriate content and respect our principles.
He further added that, unfortunately, YouTube advertisements have reached a point where they are considered obscene and disastrous, and if these advertisements were broadcast on satellite channels, they would be subject to punishment and continued, I hope the company will take this issue seriously.
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