Saudi Arabia mulls gov't licences for YouTube users

Official says increased regulations needed to help control influx of locally produced YouTube content
Saudi Arabia mulls gov't licences for YouTube users
By Courtney Trenwith
Mon 28 Apr 2014 01:38 PM

Saudi Arabia is considering introducing government-issued licences for locally-based YouTube users, according to a top media official.

General Authority for Audiovisual Media president Riyadh Najm told Associated Press his agency was examining how to further regulate YouTube content produced in the kingdom, with licences for some users on the table.

Several monetised YouTube accounts already have licences under existing rules.

Najm said the increased regulations would help the government better manage the increase in YouTube content in the kingdom and ensure users respected the country’s conservative culture.

YouTube’s parent company Google declined to comment.

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