Kuwait considering laws for social media

Legislation to be passed to govern social media

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Kuwait considering laws for social media Kuwait is considering laws to regulate social media.
By  Mark Sutton Published  April 25, 2012

Kuwait is considering legislation to regulate social networking sites, according to Reuters.

The country's information minister said that laws were being considered as a result of alleged blasphemy and sectarian protests caused by posts to social networks.

"The government is now in the process of establishing laws that will allow government entities to regulate the use of the different new media outlets such as Twitter in order to safeguard the cohesiveness of the population and society," Information Minister Sheikh Mohammad al-Mubarak Al-Sabah said.

Last month police in the country arrested a man and charged him with insulting the Prophet Mohammad on Twitter. He denied this, saying his account had been hacked, according to his lawyer.

At present Kuwait is not able to censor online media, and has no laws relating specifically to social media.

"The government is now in the process of establishing laws that will allow government entities to regulate the use of the different new media outlets such as Twitter in order to safeguard the cohesiveness of the population and society," Information Minister Sheikh Mohammad al-Mubarak Al-Sabah said.

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