Saudi launches its own 'clean' version of YouTube

A group of Saudis develop a website that offers edited clips from the YouTube site.
Saudi launches its own 'clean' version of YouTube
CLEAN SITE: NaqaTube’s logo is “Participate with us in a clean website.” (Getty Images)
By Vineetha Menon
Fri 28 Aug 2009 10:32 AM

A ‘clean’ alternative to the popular video sharing website YouTube has been launched in Saudi Arabia that adheres to the Kingdom’s standards of cultural, religious and moral sensibilities, according to a report.

According to the Arab News daily a group of Saudis have developed
NaqaTube

(Naqa means ‘pure’ in Arabic), which is a collection of clean and edited clips from YouTube.

The site censors videos that are deemed negative towards to the Kingdom’s government, scholars and citizens in general.

NaqaTube’s logo is “Participate with us in a clean website.”

In keeping with religious guidelines, images of women and music are also banned, with NaqaTube visitors able to edit their own clips through the site before uploading them online.

According to Abu Ibraheem, one of the moderators of NaqaTube, the site has received nearly 5,000 to 6,000 visitors since its launch two months ago.

It’s the latest measure Saudi has adopted to protect its youth and preserve its cultural and religious identity in cyberspace, Arab News said.

For months now, members of the ‘Saudi Flagger’ campaign have been searching YouTube for inappropriate content, which it then requests the site’s administrators to remove.

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