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Photo sharing site no longer available in UAE

Flickr.com fans left high and dry as du joins Etisalat in blocking access to the website

The photo sharing website Flickr.com is no longer available in the UAE after du followed Etisalat in restricting access.

Etisalat first blocked the popular image and video hosting website, often touted as a poster child for the success of Web 2.0 applications, back in 2005. With changing directives set by the UAE’s Telecommunication Regulatory Authority, people were able to access the website off an on until 2007 when a crackdown on the site was explicitly called for.

Over the years, Etisalat subscribers have had access to sites such as Hi5, Youtube, MySpace and Flickr restricted based on guidelines by the TRA. However, users in free zones such as Dubai Media City and Dubai Internet City faced no such issues with their du connection. Until now.

Flickr enthusiasts now trying to log in to the site through du are met with the familiar ‘This website is not accessible in the UAE’ message stating that the site’s content falls under prohibited categories as defined by the TRA such as those that involve nudity, gambling or anything religiously offensive.

Du has so far refused to comment on its sudden change in decision to block access to Flickr.com earlier this week which has left many residents and professionals in the country frustrated.

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