Facebook is certainly a news heavyweight as of late; first Fouad Mourtada, now this? Well, technically this happened first – last August, a Saudi woman was beaten and shot by her own father for chatting with a man on Facebook. The story was untouched by Western media and only truly emerged this week after preacher Ali Al-Maliki condemned Facebook as a corrupting force in the Kingdom.
Many Saudi Facebook groups (such as this one) contain a plethora of graphic images, the existence of which lead to Al-Maliki’s condemnation of the site. Even still, the aforementioned group shows up ninth using the search term “Saudi.” The first eight are far tamer, from People Who Love King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia to Saudi Women Petitioning Govt for Driving Rights.
Despite the controversy, Saudi Arabia has yet to ban the site – were it to do so, it would follow in the footsteps of Yemen, Syria, and Iran (by no means a comprehensive list – plenty of other countries block portions of the site).