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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 22 June 2018

Snapchat removes Al Jazeera's channel in Saudi Arabia

Saudi says publisher violated local laws

Saudi authorities have asked for the Al Jazeera Discover Publisher feature to be removed in the country. Patrick Fallon / Bloomberg
Saudi authorities have asked for the Al Jazeera Discover Publisher feature to be removed in the country. Patrick Fallon / Bloomberg

Snap has been asked by the Saudi Arabia government to remove the Al Jazeera Discover Publisher Channel in that country because it violated local laws, the social media company said on Sunday.

"We make an effort to comply with local laws in the countries where we operate," a Snapchat spokesperson said in a statement to Reuters late Sunday.

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The decision to remove the channel was reported earlier on Sunday in the Wall Street Journal.

The conflict is the latest example of a technology company being pinned in the crosshairs of geopolitics as it navigates censorship of content on its platforms, the Wall Street Journal reported.