By Mark Sutton
Popular social content sharing service StumbleUpon becomes latest UAE website to be banned.
Popular social content sharing service StumbleUpon has been blocked by UAE telecom provider Etisalat, it has emerged.
The site, which allows users, to rate web pages and share them with friends and users with similar interests, has been blocked, a posting on the UAE community blog said on Sunday.
StumbleUpon, which is owned by eBay, serves up content to the users who click on a ‘Stumble' button on their browser toolbar, with pages selected for display based on user's ratings of previous pages, ratings by his or her friends and by the ratings of users with similar interests.
The site joins other social networking services which are banned by Etisalat, including micro-blogging service Twitter, social networking site Orkut, and photo sharing site Flickr.
Sites can be blocked in the UAE for 'inconsistent with the religious, cultural, political and moral values of the United Arab Emirates', according to Telecom Regulation Authority rules.
Great! I guess the best thing will be for UAE to block ICANN. This way they will bring more and more investors to the country. Way to go!
Am I missing something or are there really TWO separate UAEs? One which blocks Flicker, Orkut and Stumbleupon because their content was 'inconsistent with the religious, cultural, political and moral values of the United Arab Emirates', and another that allows sleazy night clubs to flourish and encourages visitors to buy not just two but FOUR bottles of hard liquor at the Duty free when entering Dubai? Or maybe they just have two sets of moral values?
That's called hypocrisy and double standards.
Get a grip, UAE. Blocking popular and useful websites just makes you look amateurish. If you really want to crack down on immorality, I can think of a few bars and clubs in Dubai you might want to look at before banning something like Twitter. And if it's freedom of political expression you;re scared of then why haven't you banned all blogging?
Business is business, these websites do not make big money to the government but night clubs and bars do. So it's purely commercial, nothing else.