“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.
Al Jazeera is a state funded media company from Qatar. Saudi Arabia led a group of other nations in the region to cut ties with Doha earlier this year, and one of the specific complaints about Qatar from those countries has been its use of Al Jazeera.
The decision to remove the channel was reported earlier on Sunday in the Wall Street Journal.
—CNBC contributed to this report.
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