Saudi Arabia unblocks Facebook after brief ban

Communications authority official says social network site has "crossed a line" with kingdom's conservative morals.

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
November 13, 2010 17:42
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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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He 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.


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