Saudi Arabia asks Snap Inc to remove Al Jazeera Discover Publisher Channel in the kingdom citing violation of local law.
Al Jazeera has launched new content on Instagram after its Snapchat service was banned in blockading nations.
The Saudi-led block has also demanded that Qatar shut down Al Jazeera Media Network, but Doha has steadfastly refused.
Al Jazeera’s acting Director General Mostefa Souag said it is “surprising that governments and global technology companies believe they can block access to media content and news material in today’s open information sphere”.
“We will not be deterred and will continue to produce and provide professional media content to Arab youth through various social media platforms,” Souag added.
The new Instagram content aims to provide dedicated, creative, and captivating information to Arab youth.
Yaser Bishr, Al Jazeera’s executive director of digital, said the new content is specifically produced to take into account the interaction and speed of access to information and current news.
“This comes as part of Al Jazeera’s digital transformation strategy to reach users on all available platforms,” Bishr said. “And to prove to the world that press freedom and access to information are basic rights, which regimes cannot take away as they did in the past.”
Al Jazeera’s followers on Instagram stand at 1.6 million.
Worldwide, Instagram has 700 million active users, and 400 million of them use the platform’s stories feature.