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Saudi Arabia is Hottest New Twitterspace

Saudi Arabia is the hottest new Twitterspace in the cyber world, according to a recent report by GlobalWebIndex.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 6/19/2013, 2:14 AM

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Saudi Arabia is the hottest new Twitterspace in the cyber world, according to a recent report by GlobalWebIndex.

The kingdom now shows the highest rate of tweeting in relation to number of users worldwide, with some 1.5 million tweets per day.

More than three million users are registered to the Twitter social networking Internet site – 12 percent of Saudi Arabia's population.

Users span the country, and are based not only in Riyadh or Jeddah but also in far-flung areas of the kingdom.

Surprisingly, Saudi authorities have done nothing to censor users from expressing their views on the site.

While the royal family has been mulling the option of blocking the WhatsApp and Viber apps, it appears officials have realized such action with Twitter would be more counterproductive than constructive.''

Numerous Arab media reported Monday the country's Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) banned Viber earlier this month.

The government plans to block WhatsApp, the other Internet-based communications too, within weeks, if the U.S.-based firm fails to comply with the kingdom's telecom regulations, local newspapers reported.

In addition, Abdullah Al-Darrab, governor of the CITC, told Arab News that Skype may be next on the list, possibly before the start of the Islamic month of Ramadan, on July 9.