Immoral online behavior: 735 social media users netted

Immoral online behavior: 735 social media users netted
Updated 29 April 2014

Immoral online behavior: 735 social media users netted

Immoral online behavior: 735 social media users netted

The Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, commonly known as Haia, has tracked down 735 accounts in the Kingdom on various popular social networking sites including Twitter, Whoshere and Palringo for indulging in immoral activities and violating decent and ethical behavior.
The commission’s IT manager Hassan Ali Al Asiri told local media that it has identified 735 users and has been trying to ascertain their identities with the cooperation of the authorities concerned. The commission, he said, was also monitoring other social media sites as well.
He said that after identifying the users, the commission will guide them on the right path to promote virtue but if they fail to do so, it will block their accounts. And if they keep continue further, it will then refer the cases to the authorities concerned for necessary punitive action.
Hassan Ali Al Asiri said several users of popular social media sites were indulging in blasphemy, promotion of sale of wine, homosexuality, human trafficking, and spreading immorality in the society which needs to be curbed.
Salman Al Qaitani, expert in digital evidence in criminal law, opined that smart phones and close interaction with social networking sites do lead to negative impact on the youth.
It may be mentioned that the incidence of blackmail using modern technology especially social media sites and smart phones, particularly in the case of girls, has been on the rise, and Haia works closely with other investigating agencies in such cases.
The commission also documented 554 human-trafficking and prostitution cases and addressed 700 blackmailing cases.