Snapchat blocks of Al Jazeera in Saudi Arabia

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Social media platform Snapchat has blocked access to Al Jazeera content in Saudi Arabia.

Snapchat has said that it has been asked by the Saudi authorities to remove the Saudi-backed issuers to Discover the Publisher Channel because it violated local laws.

Qatar has an ongoing dispute with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the united arab EMIRATES.

The four countries cut ties with Qatar at the beginning of this year, accusing the country of supporting terrorism.

Saudi Arabia is one of the most restrictive media environments, according to human rights groups and media freedom supporters.

But the Saudi authorities have a particular dislike for Al Jazeera. At some point they had asked the Qatar government to shut it down as one of 13 conditions to remove the sanctions against the country.

These conditions were subsequently withdrawn.

Saudi Arabia is one of the largest social media markets in the Middle East, boosted by a high rate of smart phone ownership.

That, sometimes, put US in a publicly traded company like Snapchat the father snap Inc in an awkward position, such as the local laws are much more restrictive than in many other markets.

“We make an effort to comply with the local laws in the countries in which we operate,” the Snapchat spokesperson said in a statement.