By Soren Billing
Campaign has so far attracted 200 members who surf the site in search of inappropriate content.
Saudi Arabian internet surfers have launched a campaign on video sharing website YouTube to remove content that could offend Saudi sensibilities.
The campaign, “Saudi Flagger”, has so far attracted 200 members who surf the site in search of inappropriate content, Saudi daily Al Riyadh wrote on Thursday.
“All we do is to perform our duty towards our religion and homeland,” said Mazen Al Ali, one of the campaign’s volunteers.
“We hope that the campaign will achieve great success in guiding our youth and block anyone who tries to harm our society.”
Content that is deemed offensive is flagged as inappropriate to the website’s administrators.
Users are then advised to file their complaint under “hateful or abusive content” that “promotes hatred or violence” against religious groups, according to the campaign’s website.
i enjoy going on youtube to view other peoples opinions and views across the world in addition to hilarious (sometimes rude) content like "you suck at photoshop" & happy tree friends CLean up youtube??? 1st. okay first of all youtube has a built in filter, if you dont want something seen turn on your filter. 2nd. Im Iffy about the kind of content they will seek to ban. I think the first people they will go after are people who speak about reform and independants Saudi film makers, fashion designers and underground Saudi Artists (who recently are growing big across the world) 3rd. Saudi government is already doing a great job of blocking pornography and anti social anti political sites... why bother further? THis is just the latest in boredom for people who have nothing better to do, everyday thousands of saudis log n to youtube to enjoy Music, arts, Movie reviews, HOW TO videos and so on. People Find hings on youtube they will never find on LOCAL tv, since local television is lame and dictated. YOUTUBE is the future of media and people who are scared of it.. and cant control.. wil definatley fight. I support the campaign if they have a certain guidline as to what should or should not be reported.. until then... sorry i dont see why we should. I say this as a Saudi!
Been doing just that..in case of I find anything that is inappropriate. Great idea though to campaign for a cleaner important website like YouTube. If we all get together and made our voices heard YouTube will be a better place. Thank you for your great efforts.
Cleaning Youtube? Pleas be serious. Nobody have the obligation to go on YouTube. We can go anywhere else. If Saudi people think that YouTube host inapropriate content for them, they should consider to not visit that site anymore. Saudi people may develop a similar website and put there only "appropriate" content for them. So the rest of the world may continue to enjoy YouTube.
pile of junk anyway. Wish we could go back 15 years to when we didnt have all this rubbish like youtube, big brother, reality tv etc etc etc it is no wonder our childrens brains are addled, they see too much rubbish.
Why not block all web sites and YouTube videos that promote the offensive ways of the KSA? Let them start CamelTube and see how many hits they get!
A society which still lives in the Dark Ages has no eligibility to judge or even to use technologies like the Internet. Get more important things sorted out first.
The Cyberspace is an â€œEndless Streetâ€ of shops that has: The Good, the bad, and the ugly. When we walk in that street, we have total freedom to chose which shop to go in to. Of course there are rules, but they are general. Unfortunately, this is the cyberspace â€œwalk in it or donâ€™t walkâ€. It is waste of time and resources to block sites, because people will find ways, and there are many, to go to the block sites.
So now Saudi Arabia will dictate what to put on youtube and what not to?? Just imagine for one moment that the internet is controlled by Saudi Arabia, what a wonderful world this would be... imagine all the freedoms of Saudi Arabia implemented on the world wide web... Lovely!
I donâ€™t understand what the other readers have understood from this artical. These people are trying to do something good for the community. But others please keep your had on the heart & think what good you have done for yourself or to your parents. So please donâ€™t try to point your finger to others, having dirt on u. every community has its own believes & values, humiliating or laughing at them are none other than â€œeducated â€¦â€¦..â€¦..â€. If u see the western culture they do not have any set of believes or values. This is the main reason their families are separated & so many dangerous diseases around them. End of the day they are nowhere in the real world. They have no peace in their mind. These are the people who are jealous about the people who are having good morals, manners, wealth, health & blessed Families in their lives. We are a community who are very peaceful & we spared peace among us first saying â€œAssalamu Alaikumâ€ May Allahâ€™s peace be up on youâ€¦ how about ur culture my friend????? Finally â€œYoutubeâ€ is not being blocked but this team is trying to minimize the Adult content in it. Let the people love the site & gain knowledge & spread it as long as itâ€™s good for all communities. This comment is for the people who have respect for other communityâ€™s differences only.