Hi5.com and Flickr on the block again

Popular social networking site Hi5.com and photo sharing site Flickr.com have been blocked once again by the UAE’s telco Etisalat at the request of the regulatory authority.

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By  Cleona Gretel Godinho Published  February 7, 2007

Popular social networking site Hi5.com and photo sharing site Flickr.com have been blocked once again by the UAE’s telco Etisalat at the request of the regulatory authority. These sites were first blocked in July of last year. However, in October the TRA reversed its decision and unblocked both sites, along with video site Youtube.com and Myspace.com. Internet users attempting to visit Hi5 and Flickr this week are presented with Etisalat’s standard ‘site blocked’ message, which states that their content is not in keeping with the ‘religious, cultural, political and moral values’ of the UAE. Users based in free zone locations such as Dubai Internet City can still access all the abovementioned sites. According to an eCompany spokesperson, both Hi5.com and Flickr.com sites were blocked at the request of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA). Despite Windows Middle East’s request for an explanation into this blocking, the TRA has yet to comment. If users want to question a blocked website, they can either visit www.etisalat.ae and click Contact Us/Feedback, call the company’s contact centre on UAE freephone 800 6100, or e-mail details direct to help@emirates.net.ae).

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