Facebook temporarily blocked in Saudi Arabia
Facebook was offline for several hours in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, but was it a technical glitch or a conflict between the social network and the country's mores.
Facebook was down for several hours in Saudi Arabia on Saturday. But was it a technical problem or a takedown by the government?
An official with Saudi Arabia's Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) said Saturday that the social-networking site was temporarily blocked that morning because it doesn't conform to the country's conservative values, according to the Associated Press.
The official, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity, said Facebook's content "crossed a line" but added that the block was only temporary.
"The Facebook blockage was an accidental error which affected some parts of the Kingdom and it resumed its normal operation soon after it was fixed," a CITC representative said, according to ITP.net. "There are no changes to Facebook in the Kingdom; the site will operate as usual."
Facebook has faced bans in other countries. In May,to the site following a controversy over "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day," which some called blasphemous. The same month, by blocking Facebook over the same incident.