The relative freedom of Saudi YouTubers seems to be coming to an end, as the authorities, represented by the General Commission for Audiovisual Media, are taking serious steps to closely monitor the Saudi productions on YouTube.
Apparently, filming one’s own shows, uploading them to YouTube and making them available to millions to watch will not remain as easy as it is now. To be able to do that, one will soon be required to get registered and obtain a license to do carry on with those activities.
The story of YouTube in the Kingdom goes hand in hand with Twitter; as both the social media platforms found a huge fan base in the young generation of the Kingdom. The Kingdom has witnessed huge growth of Twitter and Saudi viewers watch three times as much YouTube as Americans, according to Google.
A number of young Saudis found themselves labeled as the “New Media Superstars” mere months after their YouTube shows attracted millions upon millions of viewers. They started new businesses and production companies dedicated to YouTube shows. Suddenly, the booming number of Saudi shows became the talk of the country. The way these shows were produced and presented to the Saudi viewers, based mainly on comedy, with young people talking in a simple language, presenting our daily problems in comical sketches and scenes, came in contrast to the typical Saudi shows, making an instant rift between the image of the official, old- fashioned media and what became to be known as “the new media.”