By Gavin Gibbon
Sites blocked for using offensive, racist, moral, religious, defamatory and obscene content
Over 1,600 websites in the UAE were blocked in 2019 for using offensive, racist, moral, religious, defamatory or obscene content.
The number (1,688) was down from the 2,659 banned in 2018, according to the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the UAE.
The TRA revealed that 542 URLs were blocked for obscene content – around 32 percent of total sites banned throughout the year.
Nearly 25.8 percent, or 436, of the websites blocked were used for fraud, in addition to 253 more which tried bypassing web filters. Others were banned for violating intellectual property rights, providing illegal online proxy services and other illegal activities.
After discovering a website that provides illegal content, the TRA asks the authorised service-providing companies to block the websites and its related pages.