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UAE lifts ban on Flickr

UAE's TRA lifts the ban on the photo sharing website following talks with owners Yahoo! - report.

UAE lifts ban on Flickr
PHOTO-SHARING WEBSITE: Launched in 2005, Flickr contains images uploaded by users and is said to contain more than five billion photos. (Getty Images)

The UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has lifted its ban on the photo sharing website Flickr, it was reported on Monday.

Launched in 2005, the site contains images uploaded by users and is said to contain more than five billion photos. However the TRA said some of the images were “inconsistent with the religious, cultural, political and moral values of the UAE”.

However, The National newspaper reports that the ban on website has been lifted following discussions between Yahoo!, the site’s owners, and the TRA.

Yahoo! did not disclose what agreement had been reached that had led to the lifting of the ban but sources told the newspaper that a content filtering system has been introduced similar to one in operation in Singapore.

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gordon 9 years ago

why did they ban this?

christine 9 years ago

I would ask the same thing!!!!!!!!!!! Why did they ban this!!!

jon 9 years ago

I have never really understood the ban, but glad it has been lifted, alot of friends post photos that I cannot see.

knight 9 years ago

Dear All No need to get panic, welcome to GCC, Any website to its contant these ppl dont understand they will ban it, The web owner has to explan them abt its uses if they understand then they will lift the ban its simple.....if u want to understand this ppl more then come and stay in GCC contries u will understand them more lol

Raza 9 years ago

Flickr was never even blocked in Saudi Arabia which is more conservative but UAE for some reasons had to block it.