Riyadh: Saudi Arabia`s communications authority unblocked Facebook on Saturday after shutting down the popular social networking website for a few hours.
An official with Saudi`s Communications and Information Technology Commission said the kingdom blocked the site briefly today because the content had "crossed a line" with
the country`s conservative values.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn`t authorised to speak to the media, later said the communications authority lifted the ban. The reason the
commission reversed its decision hours later was not immediately clear.
Saudi Arabia follows a strict interpretation of Islam and religious leaders have strong influence over policy making and social mores.
Pakistan and Bangladesh both imposed temporary bans on Facebook this year.