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| 18 September, 2017

Snap removes Al Jazeera's Discover Publisher channel in Saudi Arabia

A woman wears Snapchat Spectacles on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) while waiting for Snap Inc. to list their IPO in New York, U.S., March 2, 2017.  Image used for illustrative purpose.

A woman wears Snapchat Spectacles on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) while waiting for Snap Inc. to list their IPO in New York, U.S., March 2, 2017. Image used for illustrative purpose.

REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
NEW YORK - Snap Inc has been asked by the Saudi Arabia government to remove the Al Jazeera Discover Publisher Channel in that country because it violated local laws, the social media company said on Sunday.

"We make an effort to comply with local laws in the countries where we operate," a Snapchat spokesperson said in a statement to Reuters late Sunday.

The decision to remove the channel was reported earlier on Sunday in the Wall Street Journal.

The conflict is the latest example of a technology company being pinned in the crosshairs of geopolitics as it navigates censorship of content on its platforms, the Wall Street Journal reported.

(Reporting by Jessica Resnick-Ault; Editing by Richard Chang) ((Jessica.Resnick-Ault@thomsonreuters.com; 646-223-6052;))