Dr Khalid bin Duaij Al Khalifa
TRA Bahrain blocks inapt social media content
MANAMA, January 3, 2017
Social media companies such as Snapchat and Instagram have removed content deemed as inappropriate for users in Bahrain after a meeting the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA).
In response to rising complaints from consumers relating to inappropriate content found on Social Media platforms and in line with its mission to promote a safe cyber environment for users in Bahrain, the TRA held several key meetings with social media companies such as Facebook, Twitter, & Snapchat.
The aim of these meetings was 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 & Instagram.
“It’s vital we build strong ties with social media companies. 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,” said Dr Khalid bin Duaij Al Khalifa, TRA director of Cyber Security.
“It pleases us that tech companies recognize 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.”
TRA, as a member of the GCC Technical committee for Telecommunications Bureau and the legislation and regulation of application services provided through the internet, seeks to build ties with some of the world’s major social media companies including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Google and Snapchat. This move comes in the interest of greater cooperation and to facilitate communications coming from the GCC region. – TradeArabia News Service