Social media companies block 'culturally inappropriate' content in Bahrain
Move follows a series of meetings with the country’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority
Social media companies Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat have removed ‘culturally inappropriate content' on appearing on their platforms in Bahrain.
The move follows a number of meetings with Bahrain's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), who sought to discuss an increasing number of complaints from consumers relating to inappropriate content found on social media platforms in the Kingdom.
Bahrain News Agency reports that the TRA sought to promote collaboration on issues of mutual concern, and particularly to address the stream of inappropriate content in the ‘discover' or ‘explore' sections of some of the most popular applications such as Snapchat and Instagram.
The TRA said the response of the social media companies was immediate as the inappropriate content was removed within days for all users in accessing these platforms in the Bahrain.
"It's vital we build strong ties with social media companies," said Dr Khalid bin Duaij Al Khalifa, TRA director of cyber security.
"The near ubiquitous use of social media networks in the Kingdom has necessitated this step in order to ensure that users can use these platforms comfortably without being exposed to material that is deemed socially and culturally inappropriate.
"It pleases us that tech companies recognise the need to respect local laws and cultural sensitivities, and are willing to cooperate with us to not only to limit access to inappropriate content, but to promote content that is more relevant to their users in the Kingdom and the region."