Govt monitoring of Twitter ‘too difficult’



JEDDAH: ARAB NEWS

Published — Friday 15 February 2013

Last update 15 February 2013 12:32 am

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It is very difficult to monitor Twitter, one of the most popular social networking sites in Saudi Arabia which at the moment has more than 3 million active users, according to Abdulaziz Khoja, minister of culture and information.
“The ministry cannot monitor everything published on Twitter,” Khoja said in a statement.
He stressed the difficulty of monitoring what everybody writes, relying on the need to raise awareness among society members regarding what they write and publish on Twitter, a local paper reported.
Nonetheless Khoja declared that the ministry is following up what is happening on Twitter with a number of government agencies.
The minister highlighted the need to raise the consciousness of the active users of social networking sites and to assist the Ministry of Culture and Information in the monitoring process.
However, Khoja refused to compare the situation of social sites with online newspapers, which have been streamlined following a recent regulation.
Khoja stressed that the control on Twitter should originate from individual values and community culture. “With time, individuals will learn to express their opinions and to deal with the events in a more understanding, knowledgeable and accommodating approach,” Khoja said.

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