Snapchat blocks selected content following TRA requests
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority received complaints regarding explicit content on Snapchat
The UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) had contacted Snapchat to request it restrict inflammatory content in the UAE, to which the social media platform obliged.
The TRA had received complaints about inappropriate and explicit images which go against the culture and traditions, these were then voiced to Snapchat. The TRA said it had received a "positive response" from the company and some content had been removed.
A spokesperson from Snapchat said: "Our focus is on creating the best possible experience for Snapchatters around the world."
However, not all users of the app were pleased and took to Twitter stating that they had not noticed such explicit content and did not understand what the fuss was about.
This is not the first time Snapchat's full capabilities have been restricted in the region. Earlier this year, UAE telecom operators Etisalat and du blocked Snapchat's voice and video calling services as both companies claimed it violated Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) regulations.
Snapchat enables its users to share videos and images to their contacts, which can be viewed for up to 10 seconds, after this, the content will automatically disappear. Snapchat currently has 150 million users worldwide, with 12% representing the UAE.