Earlier today, Saudi Arabia blocked Facebook over moral concerns.
An official with Saudi Arabia’s communications authority says it has blocked Facebook because the popular social networking website doesn’t conform with the kingdom’s conservative values.
The official says Saudi’s Communications and Information Technology Commission blocked the site Saturday and an error message shows up when Internet users try to access it.
He says Facebook’s content had “crossed a line” with the kingdom’s conservative morals, but that blocking the site is a temporary measure.
Although the ban was temporary, it still raises concerns that anyone who questions the government or runs a website that the Saudi regime decides isn’t in line with their conservative, Islamic ideals and values, risks having their sites blocked.
Saudi Arabia is not the only country that regularly blocks popular websites. Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Turkey have all recently been in the news for similar actions.