Saudi launches its own YouTube

NaqaTube is marketed as a ‘clean’ alternative to YouTube, which has been a subject of controversy in the Kingdom

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Saudi launches its own YouTube NaqaTube is marketed as a ‘clean’ alternative to YouTube.
By  Vineetha Menon Published  August 27, 2009

A ‘clean’ alternative to the popular video sharing website YouTube has been launched in Saudi Arabia that adheres to the Kingdom’s standards of cultural, religious and moral sensibilities.

NaqaTube (Naqa means ‘pure’ in Arabic) is a collection of clean and edited clips from YouTube. According to Arab News daily, the site censors videos that are deemed negative towards to the Kingdom’s government, scholars and citizens in general.

In keeping with religious guidelines, images of women and music are also banned, with NaqaTube visitors able to edit their own clips through the site before uploading them online.

According to Abu Ibraheem, one of the moderators of NaqaTube, the site has received nearly 5,000 to 6,000 visitors since its launch two months ago.

It’s the latest measure Saudi has adopted to protect its youth and preserve its cultural and religious identity in cyberspace.

For months now, members of the ‘Saudi Flagger’ campaign have been searching YouTube for inappropriate content, which it then requests the site’s administrators to remove.

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