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Regulator’s request leads Snapchat to block content

Telecom regulators in the UAE have requested some content on the social media video site Snapchat be blocked

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Telecom regulators in the UAE have requested some content on the social media video site Snapchat be blocked following user complaints, UAE daily The National reported.

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has confirmed that the US-based company responded positively to remove content “that may not fit our societies” the report added. Details of the content was not known.

Since videos are deleted 24 hours after being posted on the site, the report says it is not known if the content was removed or if it had expired.

“Our focus is on creating the best possible experience for Snapchatters around the world,” a Snapchat spokesman told the newspaper.

The video posting app is increasingly popular among Gulf residents, with a Northwestern University study suggesting it is “the most popular platform in the high-bandwidth Gulf countries.”

California-based Snapchat, which was launched five years ago, boasts more than 100 million users worldwide who spend an average of 25 to 30 minutes a day.

In the US, Snapchat has faced court cases over objectionable content. But users in the UAE told The National that they had not noticed any objectionable content.

User, 27-year-old Bilal Hasan, told the newspaper he did not recall “seeing anything negative,” and suggested the issue might be related to some objectionable content through some of the app’s curated stories.

“I don’t think it’s fair to blame Snapchat,” said Hasan. Snapchat is just a platform like Facebook and the problem may have originated from one of Snapchat’s media partners, he added.