Saudi Arabia Blocks Facebook Over Moral Concerns

An official from Saudi Arabia's communications authority says the popular social networking site has been banned because it doesn't conform with the kingdom's conservative values.

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An official with Saudi Arabia's communications authority said it has blocked Facebook because the popular social networking website doesn't conform with the kingdom's conservative values.

The official said Saudi's Communications and Information Technology Commission blocked the site Saturday and an error message shows up when Internet users try to access it.

Saudi Arabia will test what it is billing as the world's largest clock in the holy city of Mecca during Ramadan, the kingdom's official news agency said.Credit: AP

He said 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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