"While it's sad that these folks are posting such comments, we had to stop them from doing so because they were messing up the user experience for our other users (whom the app was actually built for)," Crane explained.According to Caller Smart's Facebook data: 22% of all downloads are from the Middle East, and Saudi Arabia tops the list at 11%.Perhaps in an effort to head off these kinds of incidents, the Saudi government is also working on its first explicit anti-harassment law ahead of the June 2018 start date for women drivers.As points out, the collision between this new driving policy and the country's strict gender segregation rules means men will be interacting with women on a stage they've never shared before.Not the best for women though, CBS reported last month that a Saudi Arabian man ambigiously accused a woman of "insulting" him on Whats App.The details of the conversation weren't released, and they didn't come cheaply: She's forced to pay around ,300 dollars and suffer 70 lashes.
As for men, they are forbidden from approaching women they don’t know.
The internet has opened new doors for single women in highly traditional societies, allowing them to chat with strangers discreetly from their homes, away from the eyes of family members.
Saudi Arabia currently has the world’s Nikia Johnson, who works for Whos Here, said in an email that Saudis use the app to make and meet new friends who are in their area or when traveling, as well as to chat and meet with people for dating purposes.
a Saudi man has been arrested after posting a video in which he threatened to attack any woman taking advantage of their newfound freedom behind the wheel.
To be sure, a profound shift like this is bound to garner some negative reactions in an ultraconservative patriarchal society ruled by Wahabis.