Syariah-certified browser filters out porn, gambling


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  • Friday, 18 Jan 2019

SalamWeb also lets users report inappropriate content or websites with a feature called SalamTag. — Photos: SHAARI CHEMAT/The Star

SalamWeb aims to make the Internet an empowering experience for Muslims.

Hasni Zarina Mohamed Khan believes there’s a way to make the Internet surfing experience more wholesome and positive, especially for Muslim users.

The SalamWeb Technologies Malaysia managing director and her team claimed to have ­developed the world’s first Syariah-certified web browser – SalamWeb.

“SalamWeb aims to empower Muslims and help them lead a ­digital life that is consistent with their values and beliefs,” she said during the launch in Kuala Lumpur.

Unlike other browsers, SalamWeb will greet users with a verse from the Quran on startup. It will also display prayer times, the Qibla direction and SalamNews, a ­curated news feed sourced from approved sites.

When you do a search, the browser will also filter out content that it deems to be inappropriate.

For instance, if you search for “porn” on Google, the browser will alert you that you will likely see offensive content.

If you proceed, SalamWeb will ­filter the search results – in our test, Google showed links to sites that claimed that porn is a threat to society, and another story that stated the police can track those who surf for porn. In this instance, the image search was also completely blocked.

Hasni said the content filtering is based on Islamic principles and will also censor content with gambling elements.

“It’s about helping to nurture an ethical browsing mindset. You need some guidelines and foundation that are structured based on Islamic principles,” she said.

SalamWeb also lets users report inappropriate content or websites with a feature called SalamTag.

Users can assign three types of tags – Appropriate, Neutral or Inappropriate – to websites to ­indicate whether it’s safe for ­browsing on SalamWeb. The tags will then be reviewed by the team before being accepted.

Norhizam Kadir, vice president of growth ecosystem development at the Malaysia Digital Ecosystem Corporation (MDEC), said SalamWeb can help foster a better digital environment for Internet users in Malaysia.

“Everyone can play a more ­positive role through SalamWeb by actively using the SalamTag feature. We need the help of the community as well,” he said.

Rapper and entrepreneur Caprice said that demand for questionable content is high so a browser like SalamWeb can help to remind users to make the right choices on the Internet.

“Based on global trends, we need a platform for an Islamic ecosystem. If we don’t do that now, Muslims will fall behind,” he said.

The browser also has a social feature called SalamChat for users to connect with one another.

SalamWeb is available for Macs, PCs and mobiles at ­salamweb.com.

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