Riyadh, April 18: In order to prevent internet users in the kingdom from accessing malicious content, Saudi Arabia on Monday controlled over 9,00,000 internet links and websites in the year 2016 and blocked 68 percent of them i.e 5.5 million. 92 percent of the blocked links had porn content, while 1,300 links were harmful to children.
Notably, 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 department seeks to prevent internet users in the kingdom from accessing such malicious content.
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.
Moreover, the number of pornographic applications on various smartphones' stores is also in decline. The Commission also called on Internet users to report pornographic sites, especially those involving children and download the new filtering application that it has recently launched.
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. Notably, CITC has handled more than 5.5 million Internet links since 2008, 91.4% of which were porn.