.
.
.
.

Report: Gulf states to tighten control on social media

Gulf Arab states have formed a joint team to speed up legal action against websites and social media accounts accused of violating the laws

Published: Updated:

Gulf Arab states have formed a joint team to speed up legal action against websites and social media accounts accused of violating the laws governing the use of cyberspace in the region, the London-based Asharq al-Awsat reported.

Bahraini Telecommunications Minister Sheikh Fawaz al-Khalifa told the newspaper that the team is working toward a united stance among member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

The team is headed by Mohamed al-Ghanem, general manager of the Emirati telecommunications regulatory authority, and has completed a study on the scale of problems on social networking websites, Khalifa said.

“In the upcoming phase, it will announce if service providers have begun to close some accounts. There are still some accounts that await judicial measures before rulings are issued,” he added.

The team aims to build bridges between the GCC and global companies providing social networking services and cellular phone applications, Khalifa said.

He added that 3% of Bahrainis using social networking websites are misusing them, and that the judiciary is looking into their cases.

He did not elaborate on the violations, but said there is no discussion about shutting down social networking sites.