Access soon to blocked sites

DUBAI - More than 1,000 web sites, which had been blocked in the UAE due to various reasons, will be accessible soon.

By Joy Sengupta

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Published: Fri 1 Aug 2008, 2:07 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 4:59 PM

As part of the new ‘Internet Access Management Policy’ of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), directions have been given to Internet service providers, etisalat and du, to unblock these sites which had been barred for being ‘offensive’. However, etisalat and du said they have not received any official circular regarding the sites to be unblocked.

These sites were blocked because they were found to be offensive. They included sites carrying pornographic material, giving tips to carry out crimes, and promoting terrorism. However, among them were social networking sites, like Orkut, which was a big letdown for thousands of people who used them to stay in touch with their friends.

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