Saudi Arabia blocked 900,000 internet websites in 2016

Saudi Arabia’s Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) announced on Monday that it has controlled 900,000 internet links in 2016 and blocked 68 percent of them. 92 percent of the blocked links had porn content, while 1,300 links were harmful to children.

The CITC explained that it had responded to more than 6,000 queries related to this matter through e-mails. It has handled more than 52,000 links by communicating with a number of major content providers to combat pornographic content.

It also seeks to prevent internet users in the kingdom from accessing such malicious content.

Moreover, the commission is now working on draft a Parental Control system and a Safe Search System on the main search engines during the first quarter of this year.

The Commission explained that its continuous efforts in the development of such national systems had a number of positive outcomes, including the difficulties faced to gain access to pornographic domains through the search engines and the significant reduction in the search results for pornography in a number of prominent social networking sites.

Moreover, the number of pornographic applications on various smart phones’ stores is also in decline.

The Commission called on Internet users to report pornographic sites, especially those involving children and download the new filtering application that it has recently launched.

It is worth noting that the CITC has handled more than 5.5 million Internet links since 2008, 91.4% of which were porn.

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