Ministry warns of criminals on social media

Updated 21 April 2016

Ministry warns of criminals on social media

JEDDAH: The Interior Ministry has warned that several social media websites are being used by extremists and criminals to mislead the country’s youth, a local publication reported on Wednesday.
In a lecture entitled “The impact of media on ideas and trends in society,” Col. Fahd Abdulaziz Al-Ghufaili, the ministry’s director for online security, stated the aim was to pit citizens against the government.
He delivered the address at Taif Technical College as part of an awareness program sponsored by the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation. “The other problem is that the majority of these accounts are false and managed from outside the Kingdom by the enemies of the country and people.
“They use thousands of accounts under false Saudi names to send more than 4 million negative messages via Twitter alone, not to mention the other social platforms,” he said.
He said that the abusive information is an attempt to target the security and stability of the Kingdom. “Such fabricated information can easily be detected by a person with common sense if time is taken to carefully analyze the information for lies and contradictions,” he said.
He said there was an attempt to create divisions in the community on tribal lines, and even on sporting issues. There were also attempts being made to declare some people non-believers, and spread content about atheism, witchcraft, pornography and drugs.
The ultimate aim was to weaken the resolve of young people, so that they become more susceptible to wrongdoing, rather than seeking proper information that would help them and fellow citizens, he said.


Saudi Arabia to launch app for Umrah pilgrims

Updated 21 September 2020

Saudi Arabia to launch app for Umrah pilgrims

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is launching an online application that allows citizens, residents, and visitors to apply for Umrah pilgrimage.
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said the move is part of digitalization efforts undertaken by the Kingdom. 
The ministry also released details on how it plans to gradually allow pilgrims to apply and reserve a specific time and date for Umrah in a bid to avoid overcrowding. 
The national project aims to save time and reduce costs and burdens on government agencies.
The online process will provide information to complete government procedures, in addition to raising security levels and preserving government documents.
The step comes within measures taken by the ministry to keep pace with the digital transformation under the Kingdom's Vision 2030 reform program.
It said a total of 54 government agencies are set to benefit from the system.