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The video app has permanently barred the far-right accounts, saying their promotion of 'hateful ideology' violates its terms and conditions.

In an effort to crack down on the virality of COVID-19 misinformation, WhatsApp announced restrictions on its forwarding feature.

Coronavirus pandemic fails to deter aggressive Saudi arrest campaign

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Coronavirus pandemic fails to deter aggressive Saudi arrest campaign

Some of those arrested in the latest crackdown were reportedly figures close to the Saudi establishment.

Kuwaiti influencer arrested for promoting fake coronavirus test

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Kuwaiti influencer arrested for promoting fake coronavirus test

A 15-minute coronavirus test kit that was promoted on a popular social media influencer's Snapchat account has led to her arrest in ...

Hashtag Islam: How Cyber-Islamic Environments Are Transforming Religious Authority

Sadek Hamid

Hashtag Islam: How Cyber-Islamic Environments Are Transforming Religious Authority

Book Club: Gary Bunt's Hashtag Islam provides readers with cutting edge analysis of how technology influences the dissemination of Islamic ...

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Saudi lesbian couple sought refuge in UK: report

A German broadcaster interviewed the couple on Valentine's Day, with a video charting their love story.

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Love, lust, heartache: Secret dating lives of young Saudis

Covert dating operations illustrate how Saudi Arabia's young population is often compelled to lead dual lives in the pursuit of social liberties ...

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US-based regime critic says Saudis tried to kidnap him

Comedian and social media influencer Abdulrahman Almutairi says the Saudi government attempted to kidnap him shortly after the killing of Jamal ...

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Iraqi women victim to online sexual blackmail

Iraqi women face a staggering rise in online 'sextortion', a practice known as revenge porn, with Iraqi males exploiting private images on ...

Saudi woman arrested for 'harassing men' on Jeddah Corniche

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Saudi woman arrested for 'harassing men' on Jeddah Corniche

The woman was filmed by a friend sat in a car, calling out at strange men from the window of the moving vehicle.

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Flamboyant Saudi influencer faces prison 'for wearing leopard-print shorts'

The 23-year old social media was arrested by security forces after posting an image of himself wearing shorts on Twitter.

Syrian men arrested in Jeddah for 'chatting up women'

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Syrian men arrested in Jeddah for 'chatting up women'

The men, who were identified as Syrian nationals in their twenties, were arrested for unethical behaviour' and allegedly harassing women.

Saudi blogger opposes relaxing guardianship, prefers following 'daddy's rules'

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Saudi blogger opposes relaxing guardianship, prefers following 'daddy's rules'

Saudi social media star Afnan al-Batel warned women to respect their fathers by seeking permission to go to the shop.

Follow Me, Akhi explores how Muslims use the internet

Sarah Shaffi

Follow Me, Akhi explores how Muslims use the internet

Book Club: Hussein Kesvani explores how Muslims use the internet in his new book, writing about the insightful and revolutionary acts that show ...

Glitzy, ritzy, niqabi: Meet fully-veiled Saudi model 'Amy Roko'

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Glitzy, ritzy, niqabi: Meet fully-veiled Saudi model 'Amy Roko'

‘I told y’all I’ll be a model’: A subversive social media star is breaking frontiers for modest fashionistas by starring in her first magazine ...

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Sri Lanka blocks social media after anti-Muslim attacks

Sri Lankan authorities have temporarily blocked Facebook, Whatsapp, and other social media and messaging services following anti-Muslim attacks which started over a Facebook post.

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Saudi prosecutor summons influencer over 'racy' massage oil ad

Saudi Arabia has summoned a social media influencer for questioning over an online advertisement for massage oil.

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'Snapchat charmer' snared by Dubai police after conning followers

A man in Dubai created five fake Snapchat profiles and conned 50 people into sending him money and gifts.

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Instagram deletes 'gay Muslim' comics account after Indonesia backlash

Instagram has succumb to Indonesian pressure and removed an account which consisted of comics to spark empathy for the LGBTQ+ community in the ...

How the private sector supports Arab authoritarians (II)

Charles W. Dunne

How the private sector supports Arab authoritarians (II)

Comment: The international private sector has aided authoritarian regimes and dictators for decades, with a combination of arms, advice, ...

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Exclusive: Trolls impersonating Saudi teenage runaway spread false claims

Saudi teenager Rahaf Mohammed, who recently fled to Canada following a much-publicised ordeal, has come under attack from Saudi trolls ...

Kuwaiti <em>Snapchat</em> maid employer sentenced to prison

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Kuwaiti Snapchat maid employer sentenced to prison

The unnamed employer, who filmed a Snapchat video of her maid hanging from the window, has been sentenced to a year and eight months in ...

Saudi women slam state-imposed hijab customs online

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Saudi women slam state-imposed hijab customs online

Women in Saudi Arabia demanded the right to practice their faith in a way they resonated with, as opposed to conforming to a state-imposed ...

Model embroiled in $800k 'gifts from Saudi king' mystery

Florence Dixon

Model embroiled in $800k 'gifts from Saudi king' mystery

'The most beautiful women in the world would be slaves under your feet' read the message accompanying the extravagant gifts to Kuwaiti TV ...

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