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‘Kuwait tops usage of social websites in the Arab world’ Implement cyber crime laws: official

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 5: Former Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Kuwait University Dr Yaqoub Al- Kandari was quoted as saying Kuwait is seen as one of the countries that uses the social networking websites, particularly ‘Twitter’ and ‘Facebook’ the most among the Arab nations, reports Al-Seyassah daily. Dr Al-Kandari said studies conducted in this regard indicate about 1,960,000 people are using Internet in the country. During a seminar in Yarmouk Dr Al-Kandari indicated daily tweets posted from Kuwait exceed 1,300,000 making Kuwait one of the countries using the Twitter the most in the world.

He pointed out the ‘’results from recent studies indicate 90 percent of the people in Kuwait use the social networking websites through their smart phones.” Dr Al-Kandari also pointed out Kuwaitis mostly use open communication websites such as twitter, while women prefer WhatsApp applications for specific purposes. He considers, ‘’having to delete more than 20,000 porn material sites from social communication websites inside and outside Kuwait is cause for concern, for the very fact the concerned authorities are unable to fight and prevent such things. In spite of the positive side of the use of Internet in general, Dr Al- Kandari called for the endorsement of cyber crimes laws and to activate the role of the Ministry of Interior to eliminate what he called the negative aspects concerning the use of modern technologies.

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