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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia's communications authority unblocked Facebook on Saturday after shutting down the popular social networking website for a few hours.An official with Saudi's Communications and Information Technology Commission said earlier that the kingdom blocked the site briefly Saturday because the content had "crossed a line" with the country's conservative values.
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explained that Facebook's content had "crossed a line" with the
kingdom's conservative morals, but that blocking the site is 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.
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
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