Snapchat has blocked Al-Jazeera's Discover channel in Saudi Arabia amid an ongoing dispute between Gulf states and Qatar, where the media network is headquartered.
Al-Jazeera said Snapchat's decision to block its curated Discover Channel is "deplorable", "alarming" and amounts to "censoring media content". The Arabic Snapchat channel was launched in May, a month before Saudi Arabia and three other Arab states cut ties with Qatar.
The quartet accuse Qatar of using Al-Jazeera to promote its policies, and have moved to block access to the channel locally.
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Snapchat, which is wildly popular among Saudi youth, said Monday the company works to comply with local laws where it operates. It says Saudi authorities asked for Al-Jazeera's channel to be removed from the app locally because it violates internet laws.