Published: Tue, September 19, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Snapchat blocks Al Jazeera in Saudi Arabia

Snapchat blocks Al Jazeera in Saudi Arabia

Today, it was asked to block access of Qatar-based Al Jazeera content to audiences in Saudi Arabia.

Last August, the Semi autonomous government of Puntland in northeastern Somalia sided with the Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates against Qatar and called on the Federal Government of Somalia to reconsider its neutral position.

Snapchat, which is wildly popular among Saudi youth, said Monday the company works to comply with local laws where it operates.

Morad Rayyan, head of Incubation and Innovation Research at Al Jazeera, said the move by Snapchat was "unprecedented".

"We find Snapchat's action to be alarming and worrying".

Saudi Arabia told the social media company that the Al Jazeera Discover Publisher Channel violated local laws. Doha denies the accusation.

The crisis has entered its fourth month and is showing no sign of ending, analysts say.

The social media platform, Snapchat, is embroiled in a political row between Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

The internet represents a limited space for freedom of expression in the conservative kingdom.

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