Saudi may impose curbs on social networks

Ministry is conducting a study to regulate the use of social networks in the Kingdom.(Supplied)

Saudi Arabia is considering enforcing curbs on the use of social networks following reports of widespread abuse of the social network in the conservative Gulf Kingdom.

The country’s information and culture minister Abdul Aziz Al Khudairi urged local newspapers to present proposals on a new law regulating social networks.

“The ministry is conducting a study to regulate the use of social networks in the Kingdom. This is part of a comprehensive law to make better use of the new media,” he said, quoted by ‘Al Eqtisadiah’ and other Saudi newspapers.

“I hope all newspapers and other concerned parties to present proposals in this respect. We need to see ideas and suggestions so we will have a clear vision of the new law in order to protect people’s rights and privacy.”

‘Ajel’ Arabic language daily said it saw in the minister’s comments a “step towards enforcing restrictions on the use of Twitter and other social networks”.

 

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