Saudi campaign to clean up YouTube

Campaign has so far attracted 200 members who surf the site in search of inappropriate content

Tags: ComplaintSaudi ArabiaYouTube
3194 days ago
SAS

There is something of a knee jerk reaction on the part of some of the forumers to attack Saudi Arabia on the forum. Firstly, if Saudi Arabia is all as repressive as some people seem to think, I think it would have blocked Youtube a long long time ago. The fact that Saudis have the opportunity to watch Youtube in their country at all shows the authorities their have not blocked it ( at least not yet ) There are other countries like Turkey and China, on the other hand where access to Youtube has been blocked at various times in the past. Second, the right to flag Youtube videos as being offensive or inappropriate is one that every Youtube visitor has. The whole point of Youtube is for people to upload and download videos at will, without any major regulations or obstacles. On the other hand, if an individual user finds a video to be inappropriate, the website gives the user an opportunity to mark it as such. If people are so keen on freedom of expression and freedom of the net, one wonders, why should Saudi users of Youtube be restricted from their rights as visitors to this site ?

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3202 days ago
Saeid

Hussain, man, you were doing so well, why did you have to throw in the bit about the dark ages and stuff? YOu lost it there completely! THe rest of what you said is true. I am from Iran and i get what you say about a loud few getting all the attention in the media and the government and giving a stereotypical image which makes the whole world think your country is backwards. But let's admit it also, our countries ARE backwards in many respects. But don't even get me started on that.

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3202 days ago
Sarah

One of the benefits most of us enjoy from living in modern society is freedom of choice. We choose to log on to You Tube, and choose what we watch, both on this and other media. We must take responsibility for ourselves and effect appropriate censorship based on our own set of morals and ethos. If we are parents, it is our responsibility to do this for our children until they are of an age when they can choose for themselves. Some of our choices will be better then others, but they are our choices. Most of us will not come to or cause physical harm, as we will choose not to. If someone chooses to view material or engage in activities that is against their upbringing and the morals of their country and religion, that is their choice. It is impossible to police a world, and only through example can we have a positive and lasting influence on others.

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3202 days ago
Doug

Leaving aside that if the divorce rate in Saudi is 60%, that's actually higher than in the West.... ...two things come to mind. Firstly, there's nothing wrong with a bunch of Saudis whining to YouTube that something is inappropriate for THEIR particular culture. It's entirely up to YouTube whether it gets removed or not. I wonder whether these noble guardians of morality in KSA will be 'flagging' videos that promote non-Islamic religions? Secondly, if YouTube content is so offensive to Saudi morals, I don't understand why, with all the apparent genius and talent in KSA, they don't just set up their own version of YouTube and let the vice commission monitor the lot. If you don't like what the West has to offer, STOP USING IT AND DEVELOP YOUR OWN VERSION. Saudis should be ashamed if their 'only real form of media' is video-sharing website in the US, it speaks volumes about the importance the culture there places on communication and free exchange of ideas.

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3203 days ago
Alex

Just a comment to Mr. Hussain M., based on your last comment we all have to admit that you are a indeed a Comedian also I would suggest you take it up full time. I mean where would the world be without Oil(by the way Saudi doesn't the copyright on oil, just the cheapest oil....) how would the Egyptian build the pyramids without oil, how would the Greeks build the Acropolis without oil, what Archimides and Socrates be without oil..........I think you got the message.Take care.

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3203 days ago
Chris

Hi Sheriff, I am little confused by your comments. Are you seriously suggesting that the West (do you mean Europe? America? each country and even state is very different) is devoid of values and beliefs? This is not only wrong but racist. You also suggest that there are a lot of divorces in the West. Yes, this is true, but I note also that the divorce rate in Saudi Arabia is over 60%. Does that mean the whole of Saudi society is bad? As for diseases, on what information do you base your claims? Are you saying we have more diseases in the West? Seriously? As for "peace of mind," how do you measure this? Again, I note that the instances of clinical depression is rising fast in GCC countries. It seems to me like you have a bit of an inferiority complex. No society is perfect, but why do you have to criticise foreign countries? And finally, if there are parts of utube you don't like, don't watch it, but what gives you or anyone else the right to decide what is suitable? I can make up my own mind thank you very much. Salam.

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3203 days ago
Sheriff

I don’t understand what the other readers have understood from this artical. These people are trying to do something good for the community. But others please keep your had on the heart & think what good you have done for yourself or to your parents. So please don’t try to point your finger to others, having dirt on u. every community has its own believes & values, humiliating or laughing at them are none other than “educated ……..…..”. If u see the western culture they do not have any set of believes or values. This is the main reason their families are separated & so many dangerous diseases around them. End of the day they are nowhere in the real world. They have no peace in their mind. These are the people who are jealous about the people who are having good morals, manners, wealth, health & blessed Families in their lives. We are a community who are very peaceful & we spared peace among us first saying “Assalamu Alaikum” May Allah’s peace be up on you… how about ur culture my friend????? Finally “Youtube” is not being blocked but this team is trying to minimize the Adult content in it. Let the people love the site & gain knowledge & spread it as long as it’s good for all communities. This comment is for the people who have respect for other community’s differences only.

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3203 days ago
Patrick

So now Saudi Arabia will dictate what to put on youtube and what not to?? Just imagine for one moment that the internet is controlled by Saudi Arabia, what a wonderful world this would be... imagine all the freedoms of Saudi Arabia implemented on the world wide web... Lovely!

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3203 days ago
Hussain M

after reading the last four comments, then laughing like an ego maniac. First of all, did anyone read mmy previous comment... cause i mentioned that Thousands if not tens of thousands log on to youtube everyday to watch arts, music, HOW to videos, Educational, Sceintific material then theres the freelance works which range from intresting to hilarious and sometimes jsut plain stupid. Saudis LOVE youtube... not hate it The videos with strong sexual content are already either block.. or removed by youtube for violation of "terms of use" other stuff i can choose not to receive by setting up my filter. the people who are aiming to do this represent a minority of bored people whith nothing better to do in their lives. as for the people who like to judge saudis as being backward and stupid... i implore you to think twice, we are not backward and we are not stupid... however the stupid among us seem to have set the "STEREOTYPICAL NORM" we value youtube and it is our only real form of media. and so far we have used it to spread positive opinions about our country vs the negative. my friends who are young film directors, my freinds who are local rock and rap bands and myself as an engineer and part time stand up comedian. As for those who know nothing about saudi and talk trash about us..... i say show some respect.. without saudi the rest of the world would be in the dark ages... REMEMBER... ITS OUR OIL.... enteindes comprende mi amigos???

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3204 days ago
Nabeel

The Cyberspace is an “Endless Street” of shops that has: The Good, the bad, and the ugly. When we walk in that street, we have total freedom to chose which shop to go in to. Of course there are rules, but they are general. Unfortunately, this is the cyberspace “walk in it or don’t walk”. It is waste of time and resources to block sites, because people will find ways, and there are many, to go to the block sites.

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