Photo-messaging enterprise Snapchat has removed a popular news service from its app in Saudi Arabia, after being asked to by the authorities.
Apparently intolerant of almost everything you can imagine, the Saudi government made the request to have Al Jazeera removed because its Discover Publisher Story channel was found to be violating the laws of the land, i.e. covering stuff the authorities don’t like.
Explaining the firm’s feeble submission, a spokesperson for Snap Inc, Snapchat’s parent company, said: ‘We make an effort to comply with local laws in the countries where we operate,’ which is coward-talk for ‘if we fall out with them, they might kick us out and we’ll make less money’.
Saudi Arabia is currently involved in a squabble with its neighbour, Qatar, where Al-Jazerra broadcasts from.
Snapchat’s weak cave-in recalls Rupert Murdoch and Google’s past pacts with the Chinese government, in which both agreed to cut any information the authorities don’t care for from their services in return for access to the vast Chinese market and therefore money.