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 app fights fake promotions, discounts

Some stores raise the prices then claim they are offering discounts. (SPA)
Updated 30 September 2020

Saudi app fights fake promotions, discounts

  • Companies and online businesses can apply for a discount license and promote seasonal sales through the application

RIYADH: A new electronic app will now protect consumers against fake and illegal discount offers and promotions, said a spokesman for the Saudi Commerce Ministry.
The app will also let consumers check if sales are still valid and useable. If they are invalid, consumers can report violations directly to the ministry, he said on Tuesday.
The spokesman, Abdulrahman Al-Hussain, said that companies offering discounts are required to follow certain procedures. They must apply for a license, mention products covered by discounts, provide a list of product prices before and after discount, give a discount percentage and put a before and after prices on a product price tag, he said.
The e-discounts app also lists companies that have a license to offer discounts, and explains the types of discounts licensed by the ministry. The app can be accessed on smartphones.

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The e-discounts app lists companies that have a license to offer discounts.

Another feature available on the app is the ability to search for consumables or companies and show the percentage and duration of discounts. It also allows consumers to find the location of a company through Google Maps.
“The ministry requires the companies to print the license of discounts and display it properly. For online stores, the license of discounts should be clearly shown on the website,” said Al-Hussain.
“Companies and online businesses can apply for a discount license and promote seasonal sales through the application. This service gives discounts, sales, and promotions more credibility,” he added.
Muhammad Al-Hamad, a former president of the Consumer Protection Association, said the ministry should double-check the prices before discounts and ensure there is a price tag showing the price and the value-added tax, as well as the discount percentage and price after tax.
“Some stores raise the prices then claim they are offering discounts. The consumer should search for the quality before the price and also ask if there is an aftersales service,” he said. “The consumer should also demand a receipt because this is the only proof showing that he or she has bought the product,” he added.